POLICE: Marine Shoots, Kills Other Marine After "Friendly Discussion"

By: Michael Baldwin
By: Michael Baldwin

One Marine from Cherry Point is facing charges, while another is dead after a shooting at a Havelock home.

Havelock police say Corporal Jonathan Rodriguez was shot in the shoulder/chest area early Sunday morning at 142A Witten Circle.

Lionel Loya has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death.

Police say a preliminary investigation shows Loya and Rodriguez were friends and assigned to the same unit at Cherry Point. Police say Rodriguez would occasionally stay at Loya's home. They say during a friendly discussion over a sports event, Loya showed a weapon and the two become involved in a scuffle and the firearm discharged.

The .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol was recovered at the home.

After an investigation and interviewing two other people in the home when the shooting took place, police consulted with the district attorney on what charges should be brought.

Relatives tell WITN News that Jonathan Rodriguez had been a Marine since May 2007 and was set to deploy at the end of the month or early next month.

Cherry Point says Rodriguez was an aircraft electrical systems technician.


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Havelock police are investigating the shooting death of a Marine based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

Police Chief Wayne Cyrus told WITN it appears at this time the fatal shooting was accidental.

A family member has identified the Marine killed Sunday morning in Havelock.

Relatives tell WITN News that Jonathan Rodriguez had been a Marine for the past 2-1/2 years and was set to deploy at the end of the month or early next month.

Rodriguez was 21-years-old and is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister. Relatives say they are devastated by the news and have many questions about what happened.

Lionel Loya has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. He went before a district court judge Monday morning for his first court appearance. Loya was released from jail on bond.

Early reports indicated police were investigating a murder. The shooting was reported on Witten Circle around 5:30 a.m. Sunday.



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Authorities in Havelock are investigating a murder that happened Sunday morning.

A police spokesperson would not release the name of the victim citing next of kin notification.

WITN has learned the murder happened on Witten Circle and an arrest has been made.

The details are sparse but we do know it involved the shooting of another person.

Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus is expected to release more information sometime Monday morning.

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