Karnig Ohannessian, a senior civilian Navy official is under investigation for pulling a gun on a group of young men that were sitting in a car outside his home. Ohannessian, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Environment, was caught in the act by a group of men. These young men were parked outside Ohannessian’s home in Fairfax County, Virginia, when he ordered them to leave.
The men, which at this point it is unknown what they were actually doing, complained they were sitting on a public street, which is well within their rights. Ohannessian replied by pulling his gun, and saying “I can shoot the f*ck out of you guys right now.” Ohannessian had just taken up his post in Fairfax County in January.
In the video, a woman, who is said to be Ohannessian’s wife, moves his hand in an attempt to stop him from pointing the gun. Ohannessian accused the young men of being drunk outside his home, which is not illegal, nor grounds to shoot someone. One of the kids say: “You’re pointing a gun at my friend. This is a criminal offense, so please stop it.” Ohannessian then orders the men to get into their car and leave, which they do.
One of the boy’s mothers filed a complaint against Ohannessian with Fairfax County Police Department, who have since launched an investigation.
The Navy has yet to comment on the incident.
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Who is Karnig Ohannessian?
Ohannessian is the top policy advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Navy on the environment, and one of the most senior civilian officers in the Navy. He spent 13 years in the private sector. He then joined the department and trained as a chemical and civil engineer. He has received two Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards.
According to his biography on the Navy website:
Karnig Ohannessian was selected Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Environment) in January 2016. He is the principal policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) on environmental programs including planning, protection, compliance, restoration and pollution prevention, and management of natural and cultural resources for Department of the Navy activities worldwide. Mr. Ohannessian was selected to the Senior Executive Service in December 2013 as Deputy Director, Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, where he was the senior civilian responsible for policy and resourcing of four programs affecting Fleet and Shore readiness: energy, environmental, compatibility and sustainability, and radiological controls. From 2003 to 2013 he worked on environmental, base realignment and closure, and shore readiness programs at the installation, region and national levels at Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment), and Chief of Naval Operations Shore Readiness Division. Prior to joining the federal civil service, Mr. Ohannessian worked 13 years in the private sector at engineering and consulting companies in Southern California, rising to senior positions including principal engineer and executive officer. Mr. Ohannessian holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (1990), and a master of business administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (2002). He is a registered professional engineer in the State of California as a chemical and civil engineer. He is the recipient of two Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards.