Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Body of Iraq war vet who killed US park ranger is found

The body of an Iraq war veteran suspected of shooting an American park ranger is believed to have been found.

Benjamin Colton Barnes (24) apparently died after trudging into chest-deep snow in a Washington State park while trying to elude Swat team members and other police on his trail.

Barnes reportedly fled to the remote Mount Rainier National Park after a shooting that wounded four people in Seattle.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill said a body believed to be Barnes was found face-down in the snow.

Visitors were evacuated from the park after ranger Margaret Anderson died on Sunday. The park remained closed yesterday as more than 100 police officers launched a hunt for Barnes.

A parks spokesman said the mother of his child had alleged he suffered from post-traumatic stress after his deployments.

Barnes was involved in a custody dispute in July 2011, during which the toddler's mother sought a temporary restraining order against him. In an affidavit, the woman wrote that Barnes was suicidal and possibly suffered from post traumatic stress after serving in Iraq.

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