Authorities re-examine Iraq veteran's death - - Jackson, MS

Authorities re-examine Iraq veteran's death

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Authorities are re-examining the death of an Iraq veteran who's shooting was initially ruled a suicide.

Jared Hillman, a 23-year-old Army specialist from Hickory, had been back from Iraq only a few weeks when his family found him dead in the woods on Aug. 9, 2009 with a .40-caliber pistol still in his hands.

Jon Kalahar, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, confirmed Sunday that the MBI was looking into the death.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that a test has revealed a lack of gunpowder residue on Hillman's hand, and there was an unexplained five-minute call on his cell phone after the family believed he was dead.

Hillman was assigned to the 647th TC Medium Truck Company as a driver.Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,


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