The North Gate at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi remains closed today after a dramatic series of events came to a fiery end Thursday.
An unidentified man was shot and killed by base security shortly after he crashed into a barrier at the station’s north gate on Ocean Dr.
The incident started about a half hour earlier at a gas station at Everhart and South Padre Island Dr. According to Corpus Christi Police, a woman was filling her black Ford Edge when a man forced his way inside the vehicle and drove away.
A man driving on SPID at the time told KRIS 6 News that a few minutes later; a black Ford Edge cut him off at the eastbound Everhart exit. The man asked the driver where the “U.S. base” was.
The SUV then made its way to NAS Corpus Christi, where it drove onto the base at the south gate. Security chased the vehicle until it crashed at the north gate and caught fire. The man then got out of the burning SUV and charged at security personnel, who then opened fire.
NAS Corpus Christi Public Affairs staff couldn’t identify the man, they also didn’t know why he drove onto the base.
NAS Corpus Christi’s north gate remains closed until further notice. The base’s Facebook page posted that the gate would likely stay closed through the President’s Day holiday Monday.