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REPORT: Newport Police Incident Report Shows Mental State of Navy Yard Shooter

Aaron Alexis

Aaron Alexis

A Newport, Rhode Island, police incident report surfaced regarding Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis and sheds some light on his mental condition during the days leading up to the massacre. Information such as this probably led investigators to characterize his mental state as “unstable.”

On August 7, 2013, police were dispatched to a hotel on a harassment call. The report below shows that Alexis, 34,  who was a current contractor with the U.S. Navy, told responding officers about hearing voices, being followed and people using microwaves and vibrations on him to keep him from sleeping. Police understandably asked Alexis if he had a history of mental illness, which is code for “are you crazy?” to which he replied that there was no history of mental illness; an assertion that would seem to contradict his statements about vibrations and microwaves. But police seemed satisfied and left. Newport Police did however think the connection to the Navy significant enough to notify Naval Station Police about incident with Alexis.

On the August 23, Alexis went to an ER in Providence, Rhode Island, to get sleep medication, which he refilled at a VA hospital in D.C. on August 28. At 8 a.m. September 16, 2013, at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. Alexis shot 20 people, 12 of whom died. He was killed soon after in an exchange of gunfire with police. His mother says she is glad he is “now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone.” Investigators are still trying to fill in the gaps in the timeline.

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