Questions Arise After Mysterious Shooting Outside Special Forces Colonel’s Home

( — Law enforcement is investigating a fatal shooting at the home of a special operations soldier stationed at Fort Liberty (formerly known as Fort Bragg), North Carolina.

According to the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, Chicago resident Ramzan Daraev, 35, was reportedly shot and killed outside of a Carthage, North Carolina, home at 8:15 p.m. on May 3 by the unidentified homeowner, a US special forces officer.

In a news release posted on Facebook, the sheriff’s office said it was dispatched following a 911 call in which the person reported seeing someone outside taking photographs who had “become aggressive toward another resident outside of their home.”

Responding deputies arrived about 15 minutes later and found the victim lying near a powerline, suffering from gunshot wounds. No identification was found on the victim, however, he was later identified by an international ID found in his vehicle and by family members, the sheriff’s office said.

Daraev was reportedly a subcontractor for the New Jersey-based company Utilities One, according to the sheriff’s office.

According to the Utilities One website, contractors provide work on electric, gas, telecommunications, and wireless infrastructure.

However, at the time of the shooting, Daraev was not dressed in a uniform and had no work identification or utility equipment. The sheriff’s office said investigators were still trying to verify Daraev’s employment.

The FBI was called in to assist in the investigation, providing a translator for interviewing other reported employees of Utilities One.

The sheriff’s office said once the investigation is complete and the facts are reviewed, the case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office to determine if “criminal charges will be pursued.”

An online petition created by Daraev’s family and posted on the progressive site claims that the victim was taking pictures to show that he had completed his work for Utilities One.

Daraev was originally from Chechnya.

The US Army Special Operations Command would not comment on an active investigation but confirmed in a statement that the Fort Liberty soldier involved in the shooting was a member of special operations.

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