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Marine Corps Recruit Depot: Driver approached base with knife, shot and killed by guard

Fatal shooting at MCRD entrance
Shooting at W. Washington Gate - MCRD
Posted at 2:40 PM, Nov 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-26 20:04:22-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A person is dead after officials said the individual approached an entrance to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Friday with a knife and was shot by a guard.

According to the San Diego Police Department, officers received a call around 12:08 p.m. asking for assistance after a guard opened fire on someone.

According to officials with the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, a vehicle attempted to board the depot at the Gate 5 checkpoint on Washington Street and Pacific Highway. Personnel at the base issued verbal warnings to the vehicle to stop, and that's when officials say the driver exited the vehicle and approached personnel with a knife, "and hostile intent."

"After several warnings the individual was shot by base personnel," a release from the depot said.

Emergency services arrived but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The person has not been publicly identified.

No further information was immediately released.

The fatal shooting was turned over to Naval Criminal Investigative Services for investigation.