Knife-wielding man killed at Marine base was Boston resident

A man armed with a knife who was shot and killed at the entrance to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego last month was a Boston resident who worked at the base, authorities said Wednesday.

A guard shot and killed Travers Spargo King, 36, on Nov. 26.

At the time, authorities said the man drove up to an entrance, ignored several orders to stop, then finally got out of an SUV and approached a checkpoint kiosk with a knife and “hostile intent."

He ignored several warnings from security before being shot and died at the scene, authorities said.

King was a civilian who worked as an air conditioner technician at the depot from March to November and he previously served in the U.S. Coast Guard, according to a statement from the base.

However, authorities didn't say whether he was still employed at the depot at the time of his death.

Authorities haven't provided other details of the confrontation. The shooting remains under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

The Marine Recruit Depot, which trains recruits mainly from west of the Mississippi River, handles tens of thousands of recruits each year.


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