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U.S. Army Reservist, Upset About Deployment to Iraq, Killed by Police in Standoff
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
LEONARDTOWN, Maryland — A member of the U.S. Army Reserves despondent about being sent to Iraq was killed by police during a 14-hour standoff that began Christmas night when family members told authorities he was armed and threatening to kill himself.
James Emerick Dean, 28, had barricaded himself inside his father's house with several weapons Monday night, family members told police. He later told officers he would shoot anyone who entered the house. His father was not home at the time.
Dean had already served 18 months in Afghanistan and was despondent after learning recently that he would be deployed to Iraq, family members told police.
"His dad told me that he didn't want to go to war," Matthews said. "He had already been out there and didn't want to go again."
Soldier shot by police after refusing to return to Iraq
Dean's family contacted police Monday night, saying he was armed and threatening to kill himself, the sheriff said. Dean later told police he would shoot anyone who entered the house.
Dean, who had ranger training, was despondent about several things, including recent orders for him to go to Iraq, the family told authorities…
During the standoff, Dean fired several shots at police, including one that struck a car where a deputy sat. The officer was not injured.
Originally posted by resistancia
I do not understand why a Reservist would have to go to a theatre of war, are reservists not given a choice in the US ? Is the US running out of enlisted manpower ???
Originally posted by 2stepsfromtop
Yeppers, Soldiers going broke and bankrupt because they can't keep up with the pre-war bills ...
Soldiers families falling apart because soldiers untreated psychological trauma wears them out ...
Reservists all getting called to war by a smirking person who never even got close to war ...
Americans learning through televison, movies and other media that Guns are the Answer to all our problems ...
... and all that specialized training coming home to roost after the USA pulls out and the truth of the war really begins to sink into the American People. Yep, there will be more Tim McVieghs, there will be more Oklahoma type incidents.
Originally posted by shots
refused to go to Iraq
Originally posted by niteboy82
What's more of a shame is that some people are more concerned with the title of this thread, than the fact that someone was going to kill themselves that obviously didn't want to go. What the pro war peeps will do, to save face, worry about a title in lieu of the one dead because of his mental instability and the war that shouldn't have happened. :shk:
Originally posted by SkyWay
That's heartbreaking. After surviving a year and a half in combat in Afghanistan he returns home to and gets killed. His own country proved to be a bigger threat to his life than foreign forces he faced in Afghanistan.