Marines at MCRD
Marines at Marine Corps Depot San Diego. Marine Corps photo

Military personnel shot and killed a driver trying to enter the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Friday after the person failed to heed warnings to stop.

Shortly before noon, the unidentified vehicle attempted to enter Gate 5 of the depot on Pacific Highway and Washington Street near Interstate 5.

The driver didn’t heed several verbal warnings to stop, exited the vehicle and approached personnel with a knife “and hostile intent,” a Marine Corps official said.

“After several warnings the individual was shot by base personnel,” the official said. “Emergency services were called and the individual was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:16 p.m.”

The shooting is under investigation by Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the official said.

The San Diego Police Department was asked to assist after the guard opened fire on the person. When officers arrived, they were informed that the incident happened on federal property and a military agency would investigate, 10News reported.

Earlier in the day, military authorities also responded to a report of gunshots at an apartment complex in Talmadge.

Police officers responded to the initial report, at 10:30 a.m. at 4479 Altadena Ave. They turned the investigation over to MCRD officials, an SDPD officer said.

Updated at 3:50 and 7:50 p.m. Nov. 26, 2021

–City News Service