PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — While researching the background of the civilian accused of murdering a Sailor at Naval Station Norfolk, 10 On Your Side discovered violence ran in his family.
Jeffrey Savage was the truck driver the Navy says got past security at the naval base Monday night. He stole a weapon from a petty officer guarding the USS Mahan and shot another Sailor who came to her rescue. Security forces fired back, killing him.
10 On Your Side’s Jason Marks learned Savage wasn’t the only member of the Savage family to die in a shootout. His brother was shot and killed by police six years ago in Portsmouth. On January 29 2007, Police learned Charles Savage Junior would be at the Golden Skillet on Victory Boulevard with a large amount of drugs.
When officers boxed Savage in, they say he started his car and drove right at the them. At that point, an officer fired two shots at Savage. He was hit in the chest. He kept driving, leading police on a short chase before stopping. He died a short time later. The officers involved were all cleared of any wrongdoing.
Seven years later, Charles Savage’s brother, Jeffrey, was killed Monday night when he tried to force his way on to a Navy Ship. Friday, WAVY.com called Jeffrey Savage’s wife. Another family member told us she was too distraught to talk. He did say the family plans to make a statement in the next couple days.