UPDATE: New Info On Camp Lejeune Marine Suicide

TORONTO (AP) -- A U.S. Marine who fatally shot himself after sneaking into Canada had served two terms in Iraq, officials said Saturday.

Timothy Scott, 22, had been wanted by the military for abandoning his unit. He turned a pistol on himself Thursday outside his mother's home in Nova Scotia after police tried to talk him out of firing the gun.

A statement released by Camp Lejeune in North Carolina said Scott had been deployed to Iraq for eight months in 2007 and for seven months in 2008.

The Marine rifleman, who was assigned to headquarters and the support battalion at Camp Lejeune, had joined the Marine Corps in 2005, the statement said.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Scott, who left his unit sometime around Feb. 10, arrived at his mother's home on Feb. 12 and initially threatened her before turning the gun on himself.

Cpl. Melissa McCoy, a Marine spokeswoman at Camp Lejeune, said Scott had been listed as leaving the unit in what the military called an "unauthorized absence," meaning he had been away from the base for less than 30 days. After that, he would be considered a deserter.

Top senators on the Veterans Affairs Committee have asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to convene a joint oversight committee meeting to address military suicides. The U.S. Army had its highest rate of suicide on record in 2008.

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  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Feb 16, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    It sounds like the more serious issue behind this is post traumatic stress disorder. This is very real in the men and women who are returning from overseas. Our government is not doing enough to help these people. If he had gotten the right treatment this probably could have been prevented. There is no hope left for this marine but his mom is going to need therapy for a long time.
  • by Max on Feb 14, 2009 at 06:41 PM
    Terminating you own life is SUICIDE dipstick.
  • by Beavis Location: Greenville on Feb 14, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    While we are talking about deserters, anybody remember Hassoun? Is there any update from the Marine Corp about what they are doing to bring him home and tried? Could he face the death Penalty?
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Feb 14, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    Gator - The last paragraph as written by the AP refers to the military. Apparently the only fact they had at their finger tips was about the army. You could argue that it's out of place in the story about a marine but I don't think you could successfully argue that it's wrong.
  • by Gator Location: NC on Feb 14, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    This was not a suicide. The marine was caught and terminated his life. Notice the last paragraph pertaining to the increase in suicides in the army. I guess the marines are just a branch of the army now. Even a local media that should know better reported the facts wrong.

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