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US soldier killed by German police identified

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US soldier killed by German police identified
Carmack slashed car tires before the showdown. Photo: DPA
08:34 CET+01:00
The United States Army has announced that Jeremiah W. Carmack was the soldier killed last week by German police.

The 30-year-old 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division “Dagger” Brigade Soldier died early Friday, March 15 at Leopoldina Hospital in Schweinfurt, from a gun-shot wound received in a confrontation with Schweinfurt area German authorities early on March 14, according to a statement from the U.S. Army in Heidelberg on Sunday.

Carmack was an Automated Logistical Specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, since July 2007, and hailed from Union, Ohio, the statement said.

The US military is planning an internal investigation of the incident in addition to their cooperation with German police.

Carmack, an Automated Logistical Specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, since July 2007, was involved in a standoff with German police and was armed with an M4 Carbine at the time of the shooting.

Carmack broke into his ex-girlfriend's Königsberg home in the German state of Bavaria around 8:45 pm on March 13. He then bound her and threatened her with an assault rifle, according to a Würzburg police statement on March 14.

After managing to escape, the woman called police, who secured a large area around the home. Because he was heavily armed, the police used a helicopter and an infrared camera to locate the 30-year-old man about an hour later.

According to police, Carmack threatened the elite police unit as they attempted to arrest him, and they were forced to open fire. According to a statement from the US Army on March 14, US military authorities were also involved in the confrontation.

The soldier sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to a hospital in Schweinfurt for an emergency operation. US Army officials were called to the hospital to help manage the situation. Carmack died that morning.

"The Dagger Brigade Chain of Command is cooperating fully with the investigation being conducted jointly by U.S. Army and German authorities," the statement said. "The Dagger Brigade along with United States Army Europe takes incidents of this nature extremely seriously and will continue to work with the German authorities to maintain community safety."

Late on Friday afternoon, the prosecutor's office in the southern city of Bamberg said there was no indication that German officers used excessive force, and there were no plans to investigate the police officer who shot the soldier.

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