Police Probe Marine's 'Suicide by Cop'
Fri Jan 14, 2:41 PM ET U.S. National - AP
CERES, Calif. - [size=-1]A young Marine whose family said he feared returning to Iraq (news - web sites) was killed by police after he shot and killed an officer and wounded another, and authorities said they are investigating the case as a "suicide by cop." [/size] [size=-1] The Marine, 19-year-old Andres Raya, was killed Sunday after he initiated a second gunfight with police as they pursued him for the earlier shooting, authorities said. "By the statements the suspect made at the scene, it was clear he wanted to die and take as many cops down as he could in the process," Lt. Bill Heyne, lead investigator for the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "This officer was executed." Ceres Police Sgt. Howard Stevenson, 39, died from multiple gun shots Sunday evening in a gunfight outside a convenience store. The second officer, Sam Ryno, 50, was shot several times and was in stable condition Friday at a hospital. Rata was later shot down in an alley after a second confrontation with officers who had converged on the scene. Raya joined the Marines after high school graduation and had served one tour in Iraq, according to officials at Camp Pendleton, where he was based. He was supposed to have reported for duty back at Pendleton on Sunday after a holiday leave. Marine Corps officials said his unit was not scheduled for an immediate return to Iraq. His family and friends said something seemed to have happened to Raya when he was in Iraq. Though he spoke little about it during the holidays, Raya eventually told his parents "'I just don't want to go back'," his mother, Julia, told KPIX-TV. She said they hugged him and tried to give him the best Christmas they could. One Marine who met Raya in Iraq, Lance Cpl. Sarah Carroll, told the Modesto Bee that at one point Raya said his morning supply convoy had gone over a roadside bomb. "(Raya) said the convoy had one fatality and said how upset he was that it was the other guy and not him," Carroll said. "It seemed like an odd comment, because I didn't get the impression that he knew the guy or had been close to the bomb."
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