Naval air station security kills driver who allegedly charged at them after crashing to gate

The driver was reportedly a suspect in a gas-station carjacking that morning.

A driver suspected of an earlier gas-station carjacking crashed into a barrier at a Texas naval air station and was fatally shot by security force personnel after he allegedly charged at them, the U.S. Navy said in a statement Thursday.

The unauthorized vehicle, driven by an unknown male, entered the Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi through the South Gate around 7:30 a.m., according to the Navy.

The vehicle "was speeding and evading pursuit of NAS (Naval Air Station) Corpus Christi security forces" when it crashed into a barrier at the North Gate, the Navy said.

According to ABC affiliate KIII-TV in Corpus Christi, the incident started around 7 a.m. Thursday when the suspect allegedly stole a woman's car as she pumped gas at a nearby gas station.

After the vehicle crashed into the barrier, it caught fire and the suspect got out.

He then allegedly charged at security force personnel and was shot. First responders and emergency services arrived on the scene and the suspect received medical treatment, but he was later pronounced dead, the Navy said.

NCIS and local law enforcement were investigating the incident, the statement said.

KIII-TV said the car that crashed at the naval station was the stolen car.

The Navy said the scene had been secured and the base had resumed normal operations.

ABC News' Luis Martinez contributed to the reporting in this story.