Mon, 09 Nov 2009
A US marine has been killed by a fellow soldier in Camp Lejeune, military investigators at the Marine base in North Carolina have found.
Private Jonathan Law, 21, “is in the custody of military authorities… for the alleged homicide of Corporal Joshua E. Hartzell, 22, early Friday morning,” said Captain Timothy Patrick, base public affairs officer on Monday, reported AFP.
“The victim did not die from a gunshot wound,” Patrick said. “But other than that, we don’t have any other information.”
Patrick said that Law was taken to a hospital for attempted suicide and was sent to the camp’s jail after receiving treatment at a civilian hospital “for self-inflicted wounds.”
Law, a supply administration clerk, enlisted in the Marines in August 2006 and served in Iraq between August 2007 and March 2008 and has won several awards, including the Iraqi Campaign Medal.
The victim was a maintenance technician specializing in fixing night vision equipment. He joined the Marines in September 2006 and has also won numerous awards, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
It was not immediately known whether the two soldiers knew each other before the incident.