Navy was not told in 2007 that Aaron Alexis had shot out tires of a car, senior official says
(CNN) — The Navy was unaware until after the killings at the Washington Navy Yard that gunman Aaron Alexis had been arrested in 2004 for shooting out the tires on a vehicle and claiming he had blacked out in anger, a senior Navy official told reporters Monday.
The service didn't learn the details of the incident until after Alexis killed 12 people last week at the sizable naval installation in Washington.
In 2007, contractor USIS conducted the security clearance assessment for Alexis, who had just joined the Navy.
A report for the Navy from the office of personnel management, which processes and grants security clearances, didn't mention a gun, the Navy official said.
It only said Alexis had "deflated the tires on a construction worker's vehicle" in the 2004 incident, which occurred in Seattle, Washington.
The Navy said Alexis answered "No" to questions on his security clearance form about whether he had ever been arrested or charged with a felony. Alexis told the security clearance personnel he did not disclose the malicious mischief charge because he was told it was going to be dismissed and removed from his record.
Alexis, 34, was a subcontractor last week when he entered the navy yard and the shooting rampage began. In addition to the 12 deaths, Alexis wounded eight people before he was killed.
USIS is the same contractor that processed NSA leaker Edward Snowden's clearance and is now under investigation.
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