Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, 35, of Chesapeake is the Virginia truck driver who killed a sailor aboard a Naval destroyer a few days ago.  It turns out that Savage has served prison time for Voluntary manslaughter in 2009.  Savage also was convicted in Virginia in 1998 for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  Savage served nearly five years in federal prison.  He was apparently in a halfway house as recently as 2012. However, it is unclear why the recent shooting took place and Savage is not talking since he was killed by Navy security forces aboard the USS Mahan.  Savage had taken the gun from a petty officer and used it to kill Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo. 
Navy investigators have found no indication Savage had any previous relationship with the ship or with Mayo.  Best we can tell, Savage drove his tractor onto base, walked onto a pier and climbed up a ramp toward the ship.  He was confronted by security where he took a gun and shot Mayo. Why was Savage even allowed on the installation the night of the shooting or even on the base?

Something is missing from the story!  Savage used a Transportation Worker Identity Credential to access the base but that card doesn't authorize base access!  One would need additional documents to gain entry.   Documents Savage apparently didn't have! Savage worked for Majette Trucking. The company has only a handful of trucks that carry refrigerated goods.
What was behind this murder?  Unless the Navy starts talking, we may never know.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Brutally honest