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Officials from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (MCRD) reported that a person suspected of being armed with a knife was killed. shot by facility staff at the main visitor entrance.
The incident occurred around 11:50 am on Friday when a vehicle tried to approach the base at the Gate Five checkpoint, MCRD officials said.
The officials then issued verbal orders for the vehicle to stop, but the person who was in the car got out and approached them with a knife in hand.
Despite the warnings given, the person who according to MCRD officials was with “hostile intent”, He did not obey orders and a base personnel shot him.
Later the officials called the emergency services, but they could not save him and the person was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:16 pm
The MCRD, which is located north of the San Diego International Airport, serves as a first training stop for recruits entering the United States Marine Corps from the West Coast.
The entrance to Washington Street Gate 5, where the incident occurred, is used for visitor traffic, as described with the MCRD website, and was delimited with duct tape for the crime scene, where a small truck could be seen sitting with the doors open in one of the lanes.
The canvas covering the person’s body was also observed, that has not yet been identified, and that she was hit by a bullet at a short distance.
According to information from the San Diego Union-Tribune, the facility is celebrating its centennial as a Marine Corps base this year.
Meanwhile, the incident remains under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, while further details are expected to be known in the coming days.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.