Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Officer Is Shot Dead on Nuclear Submarine

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Officer Is Shot Dead on Nuclear Submarine

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Peter Dominiczak and Justin Davenport

AN OFFICER on a Royal Navy nuclear submarine was shot dead today when a sailor went berserk on board. Another officer is fighting for his life.

The gunman, believed to be an Able Seaman, opened fire with a handgun at about midday in the control room of HMS Astute, which is docked in Southampton.

Other crew members jumped on the man and managed to overpower him. Sailors on the Navy's [pounds sterling]1.2 billion flagship submarine are armed with SA80 rifles and handguns.

One of the shot officers is believed to have died in hospital. His colleague is described as critically injured. The gunman was handed to the military police before being arrested by Hampshire Continued on Page 6

Continued from Page 1 Constabulary. A Navy source said: "This is not terrorist-related and there is no threat to the security of the boat."

Bryan Cedar, 70, who lives in Hythe marina, told the Standard he saw a man being stretchered off the submarine shortly after 1pm. He said: "About six people were carrying someone up the gangplank from the submarine. He was covered by a blanket.

"I don't know how bad his condition was. It is most disturbing. The police left shortly after that and then a forensics team arrived."

A police spokesman said: "Officers were called by Ministry of Defence colleagues at 12.12pm and are currently liaising with them to establish the exact circumstances of the incident.

"It is believed two people have sustained injuries as a result of gun shots being discharged on the vessel. People should be reassured there is no risk to public safety. Hampshire Constabulary and the MoD are keen to stress this incident is not terrorist related. More information will be circulated as it becomes available."

TV news pictures showed police vehicles, fire engines and a helicopter, believed to be the Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance, on the dockside alongside the submarine. …

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