Navy Yard shooter lied about arrest in background check

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – There’s a lot of finger pointing going on as investigators learn more about Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard shooter who killed 12 people and wounded 8 others last week.

It appears that USIS, the outfit responsible for running a background check, knew about Alexis’s criminal history, but didn’t bother to share it with the Navy.

Seattle police arrested Alexis in 2004 for shooting out tires on someone elses vehicle in a self-described anger-fueled blackout.

But during his background check, he said he had never been arrested or charged with a felony, which was true, since he was charged with malicious mischief.

The Office of Personnel Management report to the Navy only said Alexis had deflated the tires. OPM says it got that information after checking through FBI criminal history records because Seattle police refused to share Alexis’s information.

And the Navy says the report it received from the OPM said nothing about Alexis shooting out the tires.

It’s probably fair to say this is one background check that bounced, with fatal consequences.