Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Navy Security Fire at Off-Duty Sheriff Deputy Trying to Breach Gate

North Island Navy Gate Closed
2017 closure of NASNI gate. (The Coronado Times)

Off-duty San Diego sheriff deputy Sgt. Michael Cruz was arrested on St. Patrick’s day after driving through the Naval Air Station North Island main gate base entrance without proper clearance. This prompted gate security to act immediately and open fire on Cruz’s car. No injuries occurred.

Cruz was taken into San Diego Central Jail with suspicions of driving under the influence of either drugs and/or alcohol, according to authorities. Shortly after, the Coronado Police Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service conducted an investigation on arrest, along with the San Diego Sheriff’s department.

“The Sheriff’s Department will not tolerate criminal behavior in its ranks and will hold employees accountable for their actions,” stated a San Diego press release.

This security risk incident led to a temporary lockdown of the base and multiple gates at Naval Air Station North Island closed as security personnel assessed the entire air station for further security threats.

Naval Base Coronado Facebook page released a post early Saturday morning stating, “The main gate at Naval Air Station North Island is currently closed due to a security incident. Please stay away from the main gate while security conducts its investigation.”

Another post released later that morning regarding the incident said, “Gate 2 (Carrier Gate) is now open for inbound and outbound vehicle traffic. The outbound main gate at 4th Street is open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The main gate inbound remains closed due to security activity.”

Sgt. Michael Cruz is a 17-year veteran of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and is currently on administrative leave while the Coronado Police Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigate his incident.

Third Street entrance gate to Naval Air Station North Island, Naval Base Coronado. (Coronado Times)


Brandon Mariano
Brandon Mariano
Brandon was born in Carrollton, Texas but moved to Southern California at the age of four. After high school, Brandon enlisted in the Marine Corps where he attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot San Diego and was stationed at Camp Pendleton. During his four year enlistment, Brandon worked as Inventory Management Specialist, an Armory custodian, and a Martial Arts instructor.After being discharged, he went straight back into school at Irvine Valley College while also working as a Legal Assistant at Veterans Legal Institute in Santa Ana. Brandon transferred to UC San Diego in 2020 and graduated in 2022 where he majored in Political Science with a focus in International Relations. While at UCSD Brandon worked as a Peer Navigator at the Student Veterans Resource Center and as contributing news writer for the UCSD Guardian. In his free time Brandon likes to read, write, play guitar, go skateboarding, and explore the beautiful city of San Diego.Have a story for The Coronado Times to cover? Send news tips or story ideas to: [email protected]

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