A military contractor and former Green Beret from Fayetteville died after an alleged altercation with three American service members in northern Iraq, according to multiple media reports.
The Jan. 4 death of the Lockheed Martin employee is under investigation.
The New York Times reported that two Marines and a Navy corpsman stationed in Iraq are the focus of the investigation, according to Department of Defense officials. The contractor was wounded “in what officials described as a physical altercation on New Year’s Eve in Erbil,” the capital of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq.
Maj. Nicholas Mannweiler, public affairs officer for Marines Special Operations Command, confirmed the Marines involved are based on Camp Lejeune, JDNews reported.
The contractor was evacuated to Landstuhl, Germany, and pronounced dead on Jan. 4, the New York Times reported.
The Daily Beast first reported the death and identified the contractor as Rick Rodriguez. On social media, people who knew Rodriguez and his family have expressed condolences to his family.
In a statement provided to The Fayetteville Observer, a Lockheed Martin spokesman confirmed that one of its employees had died overseas, but the company would not disclose the man’s name “out of respect for the family’s desire for privacy.”