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Tuesday, January 11, 2005


Marine Kills Police Officers

This is a terribly sad and bizarre story:

CERES — It started as a seemingly simple and somewhat routine call Sunday night: a man was acting strangely at a liquor store.

Moments later, a burst of gunfire echoed through the normally quiet neighborhood. One Ceres police officer lay dying, another was critically wounded, and law enforcement was storming the scene by land and air.

Helicopters hovered above as police ordered people to go inside, lock their doors and turn off the lights.

Three hours later, another gun battle erupted, this one ending in the death of a 19-year-old Marine from Modesto,suspected of shooting the two officers.
The thing that bothers me about the reporting is the assumption that this conclusion is drawn with very little apparent evidence:

Andres Raya, who police say seemed determined to die rather than return to Iraq, was dead.
...Raya, a Marine who had served seven months in Iraq, was concerned about the possibility of going back into combat.
While stating:

Officers were still struggling to figure out what drove Raya to fire on officers.
De Werk said investigators are not ruling out other motives or accomplices...
Raya told family members he did not want to return to Iraq. But his father said the family believed by the end of his holiday visit, Raya had decided to make the best of the 2½ years he had left in the Marines.
I don't think that not wanting to return to a war zone is all that abnormal. From the actual facts presented in this article to not support the conclusions drawn, apparently by the reporter. I could be reading this wrong but regardless, I hope that the truth comes out.

The families of these police officers are in my prayers. They died in the line of duty and deserve to be remembered for fulfilling their oaths at the cost of their own lives.


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