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Knife-wielding man fatally shot at Marine Corps Recruit Depot gate is identified as a civilian contractor

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Travers Spargo King (Courtesy photo/MACDONALD FUNERAL HOME)

Karen Kucher

The San Diego Union-Tribune

A man who was shot and killed while trying to force his way past a checkpoint at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot last month has been identified as a 36-year-old civilian contractor from Boston, authorities said.

Travers Spargo King was shot outside Gate 5 at the training facility shortly before noon on Nov. 26. Officials at the time said King got out of his vehicle at the Gate 5 entrance, located at Belleau Woods Avenue and West Washington Street, holding a knife with “hostile intent.”

Base personnel repeatedly warned the man to stop before opening fire, according to a statement from MCRD. King died before he could be taken to a hospital.

King was a civilian who worked as an air-conditioning technician on the base from March until November, according to a statement from base officials. It was unclear if he held that job at the time of his death.

King previously served in the Coast Guard, officials said.

The shooting is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. No other information was released.

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