Sailor faced federal charges days before shooting incident at NAS Oceana


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A U.S. Navy sailor who authorities say shot a fellow sailor at Naval Air Station Oceana faced federal court charges in two cases just four days prior to the incident.

Navy officials say 26-year-old Chistopher J. Ruffier shot a woman in the same command several times in the early morning hours of Friday, April 5. She is expected to recover from her injuries.

Ruffier was shot and killed by base security.

Both he and the woman who was shot were assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 37 (VFA-37). Officials have called the incident a domestic dispute.

Federal court documents show Ruffier stood before a judge on April 1 to face alcohol-related charges and for failing to stop at the scene of a crash.

The court paperwork shows Ruffier failed to stop at the scene of a crash with damage less than $1,000 on Jan. 4. He also failed to give his information — i.e. his name, address and insurance policy — to the police and the person struck.

Three weeks later, on Jan. 26, officers were called to the barracks, where someone reported hearing Ruffier making disparaging comments to another, court documents show.

The court documents state he was aggressive toward the officers on scene and was charged with drunk in public, disorderly conduct and supplying alcohol to two underage sailors.

All the alcohol-related charges were dismissed. 

Ruffier pleaded guilty to an amended charge in the driving incident and was fined $250.

10 On Your Side also found that Ruffier filed for bankruptcy in his home state of Ohio in February 2017. He claimed more than $43,000 in debt — about $34,000 of that was student loans.

Ruffier joined the Navy one year later.

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