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Iraq vet shoots and kills wife; himself in Daytona Beach

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 6, 2012

“It’s an horrific tragedy,” said Chief Chitwood. “You have a 25 year old woman who never set foot in Iraq, yet she is a casualty of the war. Clearly, the staff sergeant had issues as a lot of returning veterans do.”

Police in Daytona Beach say a decorated Iraq War veteran shot and killed his young wife before turning the gun on himself.

Fox News Orlando  February5, 2012

Neighbors of the couple’s apartment off of Jimmy Ann Drive thought they heard two gunshots late Saturday night, but didn’t think anything was wrong Sunday morning. “When they didn’t see or hear from them, they went knocked on the door, no response around 11 a.m. and they called us,” says Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood.

Officers kicked in the door and found 25 year old Tiffany Pemberton dead from a gunshot wound in the living room. Her husband, 28 year old Jason Pemberton was dead in the bedroom about 10 feet away with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head from a rifle.

“He was a man that had a big heart and he just snapped,” said neighbor Rick Lang of Pemberton. “He was highly decorated, three purple hearts, was really not happy about the way he was being treated by the V.A.”

A photo online shows then Staff Sergeant Jason Pemberton during an operation in Iraq in August of 2007. The U.S. Army sniper served with the 82nd Airborne Division and Lang says served two tours of duty in Iraq. “He’s got ribbons like you wouldn’t believe…it’s real sad, very sad.”

Daytona Beach Police say it does not appear the war vet left behind a note. Investigators will still have to examine his military and medical records. “It’s an horrific tragedy,” said Chief Chitwood. “You have a 25 year old woman who never set foot in Iraq, yet she is a casualty of the war. Clearly, the staff sergeant had issues as a lot of returning veterans do.”

The couple, originally from North Carolina and Alabama, has only been married a short time. They had been living in Daytona Beach while he went to school to become a motorcycle mechanic.

Neighbors say the couple had a history of arguments. Police had only been called to the apartment once before last summer. Pemberton called police on his wife, but when officers arrived he met them at the entrance to the apartment complex to tell them he no longer needed their help.

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