Navy identifies seaman shot and killed Friday at NAS Oceana

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1st Lt. Jason McManigle, assigned to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Six (VFA-106), performs a section takeoff in an F/A-18 Hornet from Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer: Mate 1st Class Matthew J. Thomas.)
1st Lt. Jason McManigle, assigned to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Six (VFA-106), performs a section takeoff in an F/A-18 Hornet from Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer: Mate 1st Class Matthew J. Thomas.)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Officials have identified the U.S. Navy sailor who was shot and killed Friday night by a Naval Air Station Oceana base security officer.

Seaman Robert Colton Wright, of Colorado, died at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital after being shot once by a Masters at Arms (MA) inside Strike Fighter Squadron 81’s hangar, according to a U.S. Navy news release.

Wright was an information systems technician who had been assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 81 since Dec. 27. He enlisted in the Navy on May 3, 2016, receiving the Navy Basic Military Honor Graduate Ribbon, which is given to top recruits after they complete basic training.

Virginia Beach police officers say that around 9:50 p.m. they responded to a hit-and-run near the base, which led them to NAS Oceana after they noticed damage to base gate two. No injuries were reported from the hit-and-run incident.

Officials believe Wright crashed his car through the gate around 10:10 p.m. It was closed, locked and unmanned, the release states.

About five minutes later, base security got a distress call from a petty officer who was on watch inside Hangar 111, home of Strike Fighter Squadron 81. The petty officer said a person was yelling and causing damage to the building’s hallways.

The MA reported finding Wright’s car outside the hangar’s security perimeter. During a search of the building, he found Wright who refused to show his hands and was acting aggressively. The MA fired one shot which hit Wright, according to the release.

U.S. Navy spokeswoman Jennifer Colaizzi said the MA shot Wright because he feared for his and others’ safety.

After the shooting, the MA began first aid and called for an ambulance.

The Navy is investigating the shooting via the Navy Criminal Investigative Service and Command Investigation.

Justin Belichis contributed to this story.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.