- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Marine and a Navy officer tried to halt last week’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, shootings with their own personal firearms of their own, several military officials said.

Four Marines and a sailor were shot on July 16 by Muhammad Abdulazeez at a recruiting center and a Navy-Marine operations center. The 24-year-old suspect was killed in a shootout with police shortly afterwards.

Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White, the support center’s commanding officer, used his personal firearm to engage Abdulazeez during the attack, Navy Times reported. Four sources confirmed that the officer’s actions were included in a report distributed to senior Navy leaders after the attack.

A Navy official also told The Washington Post that one of the slain Marines likely used a personal firearm to return fire with Abdulazeez.

Navy Times reported that officials will know whether the suspect was shot by return fire after an autopsy and ballistics assessment are completed.

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