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

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.


    • Tigana on February 10, 2008 at 04:08

    I have been thinking about this since you posted it.  

    • Tigana on February 10, 2008 at 04:33


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