Army: War affected soldier Spc Brandon Barrett killed by Utah police
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 12, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. — An Army investigation has found that a soldier from Tucson, Ariz., who opened fire on police in Utah last year before being killed was deeply affected by his deployment to Afghanistan.
Spc. Brandon Barrett deserted from his Washington state-based unit, suffered an apparent mental breakdown and died after opening fire on police in Salt Lake City on Aug. 27.
The Army report provided to his family and shared with the Arizona Daily Star concluded he saw so much mayhem during his yearlong deployment that it affected his behavior and actions.
The Army report recommends several changes to help troops returning from combat to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. They include a hot line and better documentation of AWOL soldiers.
The Army denied the 28-year-old soldier a military funeral, enraging many combat veterans.