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US Soldier in Iraq Arrested in Contractor Killing

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 13, 2009

Another case of a  good soldier with a “stress disorder” who finally has a melt down?

Lucas Trent Vinson Update


KBR Employee 27 year old Lucas Vinson shot

BAGHDAD — A civilian contractor was shot and killed Sunday on an American military base in the Iraqi city of Tikrit and a U.S. soldier has been detained in connection with the incident, the military said.

The contractor was shot at 8:30 a.m. at Camp Speicher, the military said in a statement.

Houston-based KBR confirmed in a short statement that the man killed was one of its employees, 27-year-old Lucas Vinson.

Original story

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A U.S. soldier in Iraq was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of shooting dead a civilian contractor on the U.S. military’s Camp Speicher, its main base in northern Iraq, a U.S. military spokesman said.

The shooting took place on Sunday at around 0530 GMT, U.S. military spokesman for north Iraq Derrick Cheng said.

“A U.S. Soldier has been identified and detained in the alleged shooting incident of a civilian contractor here on … Speicher,” he said. “The civilian contractor later died of wounds. We offer our sincere condolences to the family.”

Speicher is on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Tikrit, 150 km north of Baghdad. Cheng did not give further details of the shooting, which he said was under investigation.

In May, a U.S. soldier shot dead five fellow soldiers at a military clinic in Baghdad, an incident that triggered some soul searching in the U.S. military about the effects of stress on troops who do serial deployments.

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