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2 Navy Officials Hurt Confronting Knife Wielding Man

November 14, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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One Navy civilian was caught in the crossfire and the other was stabbed in the leg when a “belligerent” knife-wielding man showed up to the Groton submarine base Thursday evening, prompting officers to open fire, a spokesperson for the Navy said.

According to the Navy, a “non-compliant” man brought a knife to the main gate on Crystal Lake Road around 7 p.m. The suspect attacked an officer, who “perceived a threat” and started shooting.

That officer suffered a stab wound to the leg. A second officer was caught in a spray of bullets. Both officers were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and were released around 10:30 p.m., according to the Navy.

Groton Town Police apprehended the suspect, who was not injured, and brought him to a local hospital for a medical evaluation and will stay in the custody of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

State police and fire officials were called to the scene for backup. The FBI also responded.

The main gate to the submarine base is closed to all traffic until further notice, according to the Navy.

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