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Navy: Shooter's arrest, money woes turned up in '07 checks

| Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 8:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Background investigators were aware in 2007 that Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter, failed to disclose that he had been arrested and had a string of bad debts before joining the military, but he was granted a secret clearance anyway, according to military documents released on Monday.

After he enlisted in the Navy in May 2007, an FBI fingerprint check indicated that he had been charged with malicious mischief in 2004, according to the Navy. Police reports indicated he was arrested after shooting the tires of a parked car in a dispute with a construction worker in Seattle.

He did not disclose that or any credit problems on the form he was required to fill out as part of his security clearance process.

Investigators conducted an interview “regarding the subject's unadmitted criminal offense and financial issues,” according to a report by the Office of Personnel Management, a government agency.

The OPM background report was forwarded to the Navy, but it did not mention the shooting. Instead, it described a situation in which Alexis deflated the tires of the man with whom he was having a dispute.

OPM said the Seattle Police Department would not provide records . Court records included the malicious mischief offense, but because no charges were filed, there were no detailed records indicating allegations of a weapon.

Alexis, 34, was killed after his rampage at the Navy Yard that claimed the lives of 12 people on Sept. 16. At the time, he was working as a subcontractor at the base.

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