Navy Yard Gunman Lied During Security Check
Navy didn't know 2004 arrest involved a gun
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2013 7:10 AM CDT
This image released by the FBI shows a 2011 photo of Aaron Alexis.   (AP Photo/FBI)

(Newser) – The Los Angeles Times sheds more light on how Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis was able to get secret-level security clearance from the Navy, despite the fact that he had been arrested in 2004 for an incident involving a gun. Alexis did not mention the incident on the security questionnaire he filled out three years later, but the Navy's Office of Personnel Management learned about it after doing a fingerprint check. He was asked about it and claimed all he did was deflate a man's tires. In reality, he shot out the man's tires, according to the police report filed in Seattle. Alexis said he did not disclose the incident because the charge was dismissed and his lawyer had told him it would be wiped from his record.

Investigators did not interview anyone else about the incident, the Washington Post reports, and Seattle police refused to provide the records related to the incident, according to the personnel office. So the Navy cleared Alexis in March 2008 based on what it knew. (The LAT notes the only red flag was his credit history.) The full picture of the 2004 incident didn't emerge until after the Navy Yard shootings, says a senior Navy official. Now, the secretary of the Navy has recommended to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that security reviews in the future include all police reports—even those that did not result in charges, the New York Times reports.

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Sep 24, 2013 12:07 PM CDT
Well there is a shock! A guy that has a history with police, whether its big or small, its still part of his history, lied about accomplishing an inhumane deed. I thought that's why we have rules and laws? So crimes don't happen? Huh, guess I shouldn't expect everyone, including low life criminals, to obey the law and being honest about everything.
Sep 24, 2013 9:55 AM CDT
national register of all guns sales. get convicted for any crime , no gun permit in any state. get job that needs security? check national register: it would tell he had arrest (2?) for guns security given don't like national registry? NRA keeps one on your guns!
Sep 24, 2013 8:57 AM CDT
gotta love government security checks!