WASHINGTON (AP/WCCO) — The U.S. Marine Corps says the fatal shooting of a Minnesota Marine at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., was not a homicide.
The Marines said Thursday that the Metropolitan Police Department, which is leading the investigation, is treating the shooting of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Riley Kuznia of Karlstad, Minnesota, as a death investigation, not a homicide investigation.
According to the Marines, another guard Marine stationed at the barracks fired his service weapon, and the bullet struck Kuznia.
Kuznia was shot early Tuesday and pronounced dead at a hospital an hour later.
The Marine who fired his weapon was relieved of his guard duties at the Barracks and reassigned to administrative duties pending completion of the investigation.
“The safety and well-being of the Marines, Sailors and civilians here at the Barracks is paramount, and something we take very seriously,” said Col. Don Tomich, commanding officer, Marine Barracks Washington.
Kuznia joined the Marines after graduating from high school in northwestern Minnesota in 2017.
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