January 17th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

NATO: U.S. Marine kills Afghan police officer after dispute

A U.S. Marine shot and killed a uniformed Afghan police officer after a dispute Saturday, NATO said, prompting an investigation by the alliance's International Security Assistance Force.

According to initial reporting, the police officer and the Marine had an argument while conducting security operations Saturday at a patrol base in Helmand province, in the southern part of the country, ISAF said in a statement.

"After the dispute, the uniformed police officer was reportedly making threatening statements and handling his weapon carelessly," ISAF said.

The Marine reported the behavior to his chain of command, the statement said.

"After departing his post, the uniformed police member returned with his weapon raised and pointed toward the Marine," the statement said. "The Marine responded with escalation of force procedures, including shouting at the individual to put the weapon down."

"The individual failed to comply with the instructions, and the Marine fired two rounds, which resulted in the Afghan Uniformed Police member's death," the statement continued.

The incident occurred in Helmand's Sangin district, ISAF said.

Earlier Saturday, ISAF reported that three civilians and several insurgents were killed in Afghanistan.

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    onesmall voice whats wrong with you sapporting the other side that cop got himself killed how dare you verbally abuse this marine for defending himself what if that cop was a insurgen this marine not only should he be bragged about he should be honerd with a medal and a perade just like every other soldier and to save on gas jerks like you should pull his float he is fighting for our freedom and if you dont like it get out of our country jerks like you are the last thing america needs I mean this is not just a squirt gun fight were when the sun gose down its all over this is war it gose on as long as we need it to we were attacked remember 9-11 or are self absorbed fallow the crowd losers like you to stupid to remember and so what if we are the most hated country in the world we have saved just about everyone in the worlds sorry ass so if it were not for us europe would be speeking german comunisum would own everyone and south korea would not exist so so what if the world hates us they can suck it because they all owe us we bleed for them and died for them and yes the marines do have a job to kill but there soldiers thats what they do thats like saying a doctors only job is to help people plus the marines save people to and you know what the muslums did to us destroyed our towers in a unprevoked assult scaring this nation for the rest its history our children will learn about this we are making history the question is how will they learn about that america fought for ten years and turned its tail and ran or will it be that america pressed on against the worlds critacisum finnished the job kicked some terrorist ass and took down a very evil group of people bringing freedom to afganistan. that marine did a good thing you dont like it boo hoo get out of our country and thake the others like you with you goodbye and good ridnce

    January 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Come on SOONTOBEMARINE,wise up will you? Do you honestly believe all that right-wing propaganda the press feeds us? After all, we have no right to be over there! Afghanistan belongs to the Afghans and nobody else!!!

      January 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN


        January 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy...

      well written. The men at war only know how dangerous and terrible to be there. !!

      January 20, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • jake17

      "What if" arguments are so stupid. What if G. Bush the second focused more on Afghanistan than going into Iraq, what if the CIA never helped to defeat the Russians. What if your parents never met. You are so typical. I agree, this guy did what he did if that is the truth. One must question the reporting on this story. That officer should have just shot himself. Would you put yourself in a situation of sure death over an argument. By the way, a handful of people control the media. Think about that. I agree with you in defending yourself, but it just seems so insane to do what that guy did. Must have been a crazy argument to get your self killed over.

      January 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peter Marrero

    I really don't know what gets into the heads of some chuckle heads who never worn our uniform? COME HOME ALIVE!!! it's not about killing!, it's about coming home alive as well as your comrades. If you have not served then shut up or put up!! I lost too many friends being the good guys around the world to defend such stupid pie in the sky and higher academia who never served and have the right to question a soldier who has every right to defend himself and comrades!! welcome to the real world. How about you going and overseas and asking the same question of the Taliban? see if they want to be your friend?

    January 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • LCPL......USMC

      very well put

      January 20, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Peter – I avoided the draft simulating a disease, so I am similar to a desertor. Anyway it is not my fault if you or your military friends are unable to do another safer job. Of course if you choose to go to make war to another country, you should expect some reaction, but you are not defending me. I was a little bit embarassed when so many women choose to enlist, while I was remaining safe, but I am contrarian to offensive wars and avoided the draft without their help. So I have not to thank anyone.

      January 20, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        @ Peter and Salerno- I'll send you a tampon.

        January 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike


    You hit the nail in the head with that one.

    January 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. the prophet kenny dalglish

    I am suprised that the yank solider managed to hit the target, they normally miss and hit British troops

    January 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dalglish – Right, they killed even the UK hostage Linda Norgrove, and it is not clear if it was a mistake or they killed her intentionally may becouse she was harboring the militants !

      January 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      HEY! There's only room for one Prophet here, now stick to the important topics like fishing, I don't care what your opinion is of Yankee shooting skills, I KNOW I can out shoot you and I can sure as heck out fish you too.

      January 20, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Balawal

    WOW.. it amazes me that the police officer hand the gun pointed at the soldier and he still managed to take out his gun n kill the officer..and we believe this..let me help you guys here a little bit.. these soldiers just think they can go arround a country n rule it as they want.. im pretty sure they were doing or saying something against the officers own ppl which made the officer upset.. One day usa will realize that how it feels to have another country invade your soil.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      @ Balawal- Invade US Soil? Not Likely! Americans may disagree all the time but they will band together and cooperate in time of need (unlike Afghanistan and Iraq), besides American's enjoy many freedoms, not just the freedom of speech, religion and peaceful assembly but the right to bear arms and most importantly the right to fish (I think it's like the 6th amendment or something).
      I personally carry a 6wt, 10' fly rod with me at all times and if that isn't enough I also carry a 9wt, 11 for when times get really tough, no terrorist or foreign army in their right minds would want to cross me and they are not much different than trout. Fish on!
      -The Prophet has spoken.

      January 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gil

    Dan, are you sure your name isn't Fran?

    January 19, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      Yes, but why do you ask? Do you think I'm a wuss or something? I will stand up and fight for what I believe in even though I'm over 50 years old! Also I've got two sons and two grandsons that will be by my side along with the almighty!

      January 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gil

    salerno, taliban attacked us first, they are getting what they deserve, sounds like you really don't like being here, put your towel on your head and leave.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      gil – You have no authority to tell me what to do.

      January 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Praetorian

      gil – just tell me again... who supported the taliban against the Russian invaders in the 80ies? ... guess it was the US of A. So YOU created those people and yes.. killing those responsible is justified... but invading another country and being responsible killing so many innocent people... just wrong... The Israelis did it right after Munich... go after the responsible terrorists... what you do in Afghanistan and Iraq is producing MORE terrorists... you can not kill all.. just go home, protect your homeland....

      January 20, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Electrician in Afghanistan

    Afghan men have a lot of machismo and are very proud and stubborn. This poor police officer probably had no clue that his actions (waving a gun at a marine) would be interpreted as an imminent lethal thread rather than just posturing. He probably wasn't a terrorist, just someone who lacked training and discipline. We will probably never know if the marine had the opportunity to diffuse the situation rather than kill the Afghan cop.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. gil

    salerno, you are a weenie and a big time loser, wish you were nearby so my marine sons would be able to pound the liberal crap out of you.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bman

    Two rounds? Back to the range with yee boyo...
    I'd be pretty damn leery of working around an AFG. Cop.
    Glad it worked out in this marine's favor..

    January 19, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Carlos

    Amazing after reading the story it didn't seemed that it was making much sense but, good luck with all the accomplishments in the past and in the future.

    January 19, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Elg ,Christianity is not forced on people, it is their choice to believe or not. Islam forces their people to adhere to their faith by making laws that condemn people to death if they convert, And if you don't like it don't read it, but one day you'll wish you had!

    January 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    elg you will come to know that Jesus is God, the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit!

    January 18, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Linda Jackson/New York City

    Well done, Marine! Woooo hoooo 1 less!!

    January 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Get off of it,Linda or are on some kind of drug? Either way,you comment is disgusting!

      January 19, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Linda/ NEW YORK CITY

    Woooo hoooo 1 less!!! Yes!!!

    January 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Linda Jackson/ NEW YORK CITY

    Wooooo hoooooo 1 less !!! Yesssssssssss!!

    January 18, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • elg

      One less what ?

      January 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  17. TeelingItLikeItIs

    In reply to everyone.

    The truth is, none of us really know what happened there, and when it comes to war death is inevitable. All we can do is hope that the journalists relay the best messages possible. Some of the journalists lives are on the line just so the public knows the truth of what's going on. Also, with both governments trying to put up facades, instead of laying it down like it is, we the people are always the ones who get hurt in the end.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Translator

    This story is bs I work with these soldiers. They are racist, rude people with no sense of respect. When they go to these countries they commit crimes and white ppl at CNN like to run stories like this to cover it up

    January 18, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |

      Very well put,Translator. Thanks for telling it like it is!

      January 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • LCPL......USMC

      Sound a little racist yourself translator. But that white man is paying you. Hippacret

      January 20, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  19. enutoo

    Well done Marine! You gave him a chance to end it without violence. He decided to keep his weapon. And based on the loses we have incurred due to people in uniform killing our people, I feel that you were justified. Not because he was Muslim, but that he was threatening you safety.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  20. Devildog

    Be in the Marine Corps I agree 100 percent with what this Marine did. You must watch out for yourself and get yoruself home safe and do what you have to to surive the war. If someone raises a gun at you there is no choice but to take them out. It only takes one second for him to pull the trigger and for the Marine to get killed. You have to do what you have to do to come home. Good job Marine

    January 18, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  21. gil

    onemallvoice is a weenie liberal why don't you move there you loser!

    January 18, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  22. mcmurdo proud military fiance

    good job marine, first protect your self and then deal with the rest after, it is always done this way especially when one raises a gun carelessly , that is what our police do , they do have to protect them selfs it is part of the job, so well done marine keep up the good work, and may god comfort the afghan officers family

    January 18, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  23. CharlieSeattle

    Go Marine! Well handeled!

    January 17, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I dont care if he is a terrorist or not, he pointed a weapon at a Marine, the Marine told him to put it down, followed the escalation of force, then shot the assailant. Text book. There is not problem here. hey what would you do if someone pointed a gun at you? the Marine actually told the ANA to drop the weapon and he didnt! i bet you wouldnt even say a word!

      January 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  24. MikeC

    It's a shame it ended in death, but if he was raising his weapon in such a way then he was a threat to everyone around him. I'm glad no one else was harmed. I hope the officer's family will be alright...

    January 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy...

      MikeC..good post.

      January 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |