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Troubled Iraq Vet who Shot Park Ranger Found Dead

January 02, 2012  | 

An armed Iraq War veteran suspected of killing a Mount Rainier National Park ranger managed to evade snowshoe-wearing SWAT teams and dogs on his trail for nearly a day. He couldn't, however, escape chest-deep snow.

A plane searching the remote wilderness for Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, on Monday discovered his body lying face down on the mountain hours from where authorities could get to him, reports CBS News.

Barnes is believed to have fled to the remote park on Sunday to hide after an earlier shooting at a New Year's house party near Seattle that wounded four, two critically. Authorities suspect he shot ranger Margaret Anderson later Sunday.


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TimFromLA @ 1/4/2012 11:01 AM

An armed Iraq War veteran. They teach the solider how to kill, but not how to turn off the madness. So now, the contenders in the Republican Party wanting to cut V.A. benefits are now saying, this was the choice the soldier chose and must take responsibility for their actions..or let the church be responsible for mental health...now really. This is why I cannot understand why cops are Libertarians.

Ric Walters @ 1/4/2012 3:09 PM

The claim that he had PTSD was made by his mother. Yes, his behavior was erratic, but if you look at the photo of him holding two weapons and "posing," you might think he's a gang banger. I know three veterans of the war on terror who've come home with not only PTSD, but serious injuries that have changed their lives. They get great help for their physical and psychological injuries from the VA.

I suggest that until all the evidence has been uncovered, stop blaming the war, the Army, the VA, the church, and the Republicans. If any of them are at fault, then let's take them on as a community of current, former, and retired law enforcement officers whose desire is to ensure these events aren't repeated.

[email protected] @ 1/5/2012 11:11 AM

TimFromLA, surely you must have better things to do then to keep bringing politics and your sheep thinking into this. The Military teaches you how to survive and adapt. A whole hell of a lot of us came back to the world sick of war, declared or not, and went on with our lives. Some didn't. Guess who gets the medias attention. We lost an Officer and a Soldier. My condolences to all the families.

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