Navy Yard shooting: Suspect honourably discharged despite misconduct

Aaron Alexis, who the FBI believe to be responsible for the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in the South-east area of Washington, DC, is shown in this Fort Worth Police Department handout photo released on Monday, Sept 16, 2013. The Texas
Aaron Alexis, who the FBI believe to be responsible for the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in the South-east area of Washington, DC, is shown in this Fort Worth Police Department handout photo released on Monday, Sept 16, 2013. The Texas man suspected of killing 12 people in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard received an honourable discharge from the Navy Reserve in 2011, even though he exhibited a pattern of misconduct during his career, a Navy official said on Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The Texas man suspected of killing 12 people in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard received an honourable discharge from the Navy Reserve in 2011, even though he exhibited a pattern of misconduct during his career, a Navy official said on Tuesday.

Initial reports indicated that the man, Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old Navy contractor, had received a general discharge from the reserve, a category that suggests misconduct. But the Navy official said Alexis had applied for and received an honourable discharge under the early enlisted transition programme.

A military official said before discharging him honourably, the military had been pursuing a general discharge against Alexis on a series of eight to 10 misconduct charges, ranging from traffic offences to disorderly conduct.