Criminal Justice

Police in Rhode Island say they warned Navy that suspect in Navy Yard slayings was 'hearing voices'

A suspected shooter slain by police after reportedly killing 12 on Monday at the the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., had been experiencing mental issues, according to news reports.

And a Newport, R.I., police report says the department warned Navy police last month that suspect Aaron Alexis, 34, had said on Aug. 7 that he was “hearing voices” and was experiencing “vibrations to his body” intended to prevent him from sleeping, according to Reuters.

Nonetheless, Alexis, who worked as a government contractor, was able to maintain his security clearance.

Reviews are now under way of standards for approving government contractors and security at U.S. Defense Department installations worldwide.

See also: “At least 13 dead in Navy Yard shootings, US Senate and schools locked down”

Washington Post (sub. req.): “Navy Yard gunman had history of mental illness, checkered military career, officials say”

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