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Sailor from Colorado fatally shot at naval air station

By: The Associated Press
February 27, 2017 Updated: February 27, 2017 at 11:47 am
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A motorcycle rider approaches the entrance to the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach Va., Wednesday Aug. 24, 2005. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Navy officials in Virginia are identifying a sailor fatally shot by a Naval Air Station Oceana security officer.

U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Command says in a press release that Seaman Robert Colton Wright of Colorado crashed through a station gate Friday night and went to his squadron's hangar. A Navy biography says Wright, who enlisted in 2016, worked as an information systems technician for Strike Fighter Squadron 81.

The Navy says a petty officer called security to report someone "yelling and causing damage." The Navy says Wright refused to show his hands and moved aggressively toward security officials. One fired, striking him.

Randy Wright, an uncle, told The Associated Press in a Facebook message that the family has no comment and is waiting for the investigation to conclude.

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