US contractor protecting diplomats in Iraq killed

March 9, 2009 22:00

A US veteran who returned to Iraq as a civilian contractor was shot to death while protecting American diplomats in Iraq, his employer said Sunday. Justin Pope, 25, died after being shot late Wednesday or early Thursday in Kirkuk, said Douglas Ebner, a spokesman for Falls Church, Virginia-based DynCorp International. Ebner said Pope died of "an accidental gunshot wound." He would not elaborate, saying the incident was under investigation by DynCorp and the US State Department.

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