E. Ind. Iraq War veteran opens fire on police

October 12, 2009 6:08:08 AM PDT
An ex-Marine who served in Iraq faces multiple charges including three counts of attempted murder of a police officer after firing on officers. Authorities say 26-year-old Andrew Ward of rural Lynn fired four shotgun blasts at three officers Friday night at a rural farm house. No officers were hurt.

After that weapon and another malfunctioned, officers used a stun gun to subdue him. He was being held without bond Sunday at the Randolph County Jail. He also faces preliminary charges of criminal recklessness, battery and intimidation.

Family members said Ward was discharged from the Marines last month and is seeking disability veterans benefits for anxiety and post-traumatic-stress disorders. An older brother, also an ex-Marine in Iraq, killed himself in 2003.

Lynn is about 65 miles east of Indianapolis.


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