Drum Soldier Killed by Police 2-09-08 {Updated - Statement}

originally posted 2008-02-09 06:14:24 --bumped

Could this be another case of PTSD or TBI, it hasn't been reported, as yet, on wether this soldier was an Iraq or Afgan, or both, Veteran.

Solider shot and killed on Fort Drum

Two officers arrived at the home, but when they made contact with the soldier he pulled out a gun and threatened them.

Here's the News 10 Video Report

This report goes just abit deeper

Two Fort Drum police officers,
one military policeman and one Department of the Army civilian police
officer, responded to the residence.

The responding officers made contact with the Soldier and his spouse.
The Soldier later produced a concealed weapon and subdued the two
responding police officers.

A second civilian Fort Drum police officer responded to the scene and
heard a gunshot upon entering the residence. After a discussion with the
Soldier, the second responding officer heard a second gunshot, entered
the residence and discharged his weapon, hitting the Soldier several

I will be checking back into this, probably in my old hometown paper and news channels, to see if I can update with more information. I'll also pull this if just from a domestic violence, as first reported, and no possiblity to any Combat Experiance and results from.


Soldier is ID'ed

The soldier killed during an altercation with Fort Drum police early Saturday was a member of the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, the base public information officer said Saturday night.

Staff Sgt. Dustin J. McMillen, 29, was an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment.He did a tour in Afghanistan and returned with his unit in June 2007.

McMillen joined the Army in December 1998 and was assigned to Fort Drum in September 2004.

McMillen is survived by his wife and three children. Leaders of the 2-87 Infantry are working to care for the family, according to a statement from Fort Drum.

Updated - Statement
Fort Drum helps grieving family
Soldier held police at gunpoint following 9-1-1 call

By Katrina Smith
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

Fort Drum releases statement regarding death of Staff Sgt.Dustin McMillen:

FORT DRUM - On behalf of Maj. Gen. Michael Oates and all the Soldiers and civilians who call Fort Drum home, I would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Dustin McMillen.

This has been a terrible tragedy for everyone concerned and our primary concern right now is to take care of the physical and emotional needs of his family as well as those of the officers involved in yesterday's shooting.

We have relocated the McMillen family to temporary housing here on post, and the unit chaplain has been assisting them with counseling since early yesterday. It has been a difficult time for the family - we are doing, and will continue to do, the very best we can to take care of their needs.

Yesterday's shooting is still under investigation, but this is what we know right now:

About 1:30 a.m. on Feb 9., the Directorate of Emergency Services received a 9-1-1 hang-up from 9934-B Saratoga Rd., Fort Drum. A patrol was dispatched to investigate. Upon arrival, two officers met with Staff Sgt. Dustin McMillen, who informed them the 9-1-1 call was a misunderstanding.

As the officers were gathering information regarding the situation, Staff Sergeant McMillen, without warning, produced a concealed handgun and ordered the police officers to surrender their weapons.

A second patrol, responding to the scene, entered the residence and discovered Staff Sgt. McMillen holding the two police officers in the residence at gunpoint.

The second group of officers identified themselves and attempted to communicate with Staff Sgt. McMillen to get him to surrender. Staff Sgt.

McMillen fired two shots in the general direction of the second group of officers. One of those officers, after getting into a position to witness Staff Sgt. McMillen holding the first two officers at gunpoint, fired two shots at Staff Sgt. McMillen, hitting him twice.

Staff Sgt. McMillen was apprehended alive, and transported by EMTs to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown where he was subsequently pronounced dead.

An autopsy of Staff Sgt. McMillen was conducted Saturday, and preliminary findings are consistent with the sequence of events described to investigators.

Staff Sgt. Dustin J. McMillen, 29, was an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

McMillen joined the Army in December 1998 and served at Fort Campbell and Hohenfels, Germany before his assignment to Fort Drum in September 2004.

By all accounts, Soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division who served with Staff Sgt. McMillen describe him as a solid Soldier, both as a squad leader in Afghanistan, and platoon sergeant here at Fort Drum.

To our knowledge he had not been referred nor sought counseling for any battle-related illnesses or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

As I said earlier, our focus now is to ensure the family's needs are taken care of and that all the emergency professionals who responded to this incident receive any counseling assistance they require.

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...thanks, Jim.

Please let us know what you find out -- if it appears to be PTSD-related, we should submit it to the PTSD Timeline for consideration, vetting etc.

Sent it to the 'Timeline' as well as Ilona with my site link, these I posted on a couple of boards I'll update as news comes in.

Being from Syracuse I've got a few watching for any I might miss.

My guess is he was a Combat Vet, wether anything will be said about PTSD or TBI is anyones guess.

One of those killed this past week, in Iraq, was from the 10th Mountain Division, as well.

If they were sent to fight, they are too few. If they were sent to die, they are too many!

Is 'Funding' Really For Troops?

What Happened To Funding and Oversite For Military/Veteran Care In Previous Congresses?

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

I hate seeing these added, but thank you for the alert and tracking it.

News 10 Video Feed of Tragic Incident

Also a message was left at my sites posting of this:

I am actually Staff Sgt. McMillens sister. He was the best soilder out there a wonderful husband father and brother. The lack of interest in helping these soilders get help when they get back from a war zone is what killed my brother yesterday. Someone needs to realize they are killing soilders not only in the war but at home afterwards. Its tragic and my brother will be terribly missed.
Rebecka McMillen

If they were sent to fight, they are too few. If they were sent to die, they are too many!

Is 'Funding' Really For Troops?

What Happened To Funding and Oversite For Military/Veteran Care In Previous Congresses?

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

i was with that unit in afghanistan in 03-04 and was promptly discharged with a "personality disorder" on my return. i would be dead right now if it wasn't for a few stubborn friends and a few VN vets i met threw the VA. perhaps things have changed since i was there. however at that time, support for vets was a total disaster. it took me 2 years to get my feet under me, loosing one job after another from a "violent reaction to stress." apart from the occasional nightmare i have since managed to deal with it on my own, the army's reaction the hole time being an endless wall of indifference. i have gotten the same story from nearly every combat veteran i have ever talked to.
it seems our government and military leaders are taking an ostrich solution to this problem (IE: bury there heads in the sand and hope the problem will go away) and unfortunately they have been doing it with this problem for years. "PTSD" "shell shock" "jungle fever" "combat hysteria" its all the same to them. and the families of these soldiers are as much victims as the soldiers themselves.

First of all, thank you for serving.

Second, I am so glad that you had stubborn friends.

In reading Penny Coleman's, Trish Wood's, and Ilona Meagher's books on PTSD, it's clear that government does know about ways to treat PTSD to help not only the soldier, but the military itself... but in each "war," they decide to ignore the lessons of the past until way late in the conflict.

On Ilona's blog is a huge list of resources, in case you haven't seen those yet, though you are probably extremely aware.

Again, thank you and bless you.