Sailor who shot fellow squadron member at NAS Oceana identified

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Christopher J. Ruffier

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Navy has identified the sailor who was shot and killed after he shot a fellow sailor at NAS Oceana on Friday. 

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Christopher J. Ruffier, 26, was shot dead by Navy police  after he shot the female sailor outside of Hanger 145 at the base around 6:45 a.m. Navy officials say the incident was over in just about five minutes and the base was put into lockdown. 

Navy personnel say both Ruffier, an Ohio native, and the victim were assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 37, VFA-37.

Ruffier had only been enlisted in the Navy for just over a year, and he reported to NAS Oceana as a student at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit on May 27, 2018. 

He officially joined the squadron on July 7, 2018. 

The victim is in stable condtion at the hospital after being shot. The Navy says the wound was non life-threatening, and her name isn’t being released for privacy reasons. 

The Navy says Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is investigating, and a Manual of the Judge Advocate General (JAGMAN) investigation is also being conducted. 

An investigation is also underway into how Ruffier got the gun onto the base, which has a no weapons policy. 

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