Navy Denies Rumors Sailor Will Be Charged for Stopping Chattanooga Shooter

At least two personal weapons belonging to military personnel were recovered by investigators at the Reserve Center.


‘Navy charging LCDR Tim White w/ a crime for trying to defend our sailors & Marines in #Chattanooga? “Timothy White for illegally discharging a firearm on federal property“, West wrote in a post on Saturday.

“[S]tories of Navy personnel being charged with an offense are not true”.

In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Pallbearers carry the casket of Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Randall Smith after a service at First Baptist Church on July 28, 2015 in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. “There is still a long way to go in reviewing the facts of this tragic incident, but at this time we can confirm no service member has been charged with an offense”, the Navy said through its official Facebook page.

Timothy White, used his personal firearm to engage the shooter during the attack, according to sources quoted in the Navy Times. “He deserves a medal, not an indictment”, the former Marine infantry officer tweeted on 1 August.

The fact remains that there are sources in the Navy who are concerned enough about what is going on, they have reached out to people like Allen West, Jim Webb, and members of the media, to claim that charges are being considered. “No on the record comment was offered”, a second tweet said.

Conservative Republican blogger Allen West, who attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville and retired as a Lt. Col after serving in the U.S. Army, made a post on his blog citing a text message he received saying “United States Navy is bringing charges against Lt. Cmdr Timothy White for illegally discharging a firearm on federal property“. A senior defense official reported to the Fox News on Monday morning that it is highly improbable that White would get indicted for shooting down a gunman who was firing at them.

Webb said on Twitter that he “confirmed with a defense official”. “We are exploring that”.

According to a Navy Times report, White was with one of the Marines who died in the attack on the Chattanooga military centers when they fired their weapons.

Fox News reported that White and one of the Marines murdered in the attack fired their weapons against Abdulazeez.

The ban is largely due to legal issues, such as the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prohibits the federal government from using the military for domestic law enforcement.


“I would hope that White would not be subject to any punishment under the circumstances, but my friend Allen West has trumpeted what WE ALL ALREADY KNEW – there is a constitutional obligation to review this case”.

U.S. Navy: 'Navy personnel being charged not true'