Foul Play Suspected in Death of Navy Sailor in Jacksonville

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The death of a Navy sailor assigned to a ship at Naval Station Mayport is being investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office as a homicide after the woman was found dead in her home near Cedar Point and New Berlin roads.

Officers were called to a medical emergency Monday just after midnight in the 12500 block of Itani Way. Police said they found the woman's body and determined the death was not natural.

Police have not identified the woman or said how she died, but it appears foul play is suspected. The Navy released a statement confirming the death, but Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson said it's against Navy policy to identify a victim until 24 hours have passed.

"A sailor assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City was found deceased around midnight Sept. 17," Hillson said. "The death is under investigation by local law enforcement. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family, friends and shipmates of the sailor."

A family member identified her as 37-year-old Andrea L. Washington, according to Times-Union news partner First Coast News. Property records show she owns the home where she was found dead.

Washington filed a petition for injunction for protection against domestic violence this month and was expected in court Monday morning, according to court records.

Court documents show the injunction was filed against a man who was living with Washington, and the two had been in a relationship.

Washington said in the petition that he "pushed me down to the floor, kicked me in my stomach, chased me to the bedroom and pulled a gun on me" after she asked him if he was going to help out with household bills, according to the documents. The petition goes on to say he kicked a hole in a door, destroyed an iPad and took the keys to Washington's vehicles and mailbox.

The temporary injunction for protection was granted Sept. 5, according to court records. The Times-Union is not naming the man because the Sheriff's Office has not said if this could be related to her death.

This article is written by Joe Daraskevich from The Florida Times-Union and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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