- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2008

LOUISIANA

Trailer occupant killed in standoff

NEW ORLEANS | A man fatally shot by police after a 10-hour standoff Wednesday had suffered with mental illness for much of his life, and it worsened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a family member said.

Eric Minshew, 49, ordered Federal Emergency Management Agency workers to leave his trailer when they arrived for an inspection Tuesday afternoon, according to accounts from police. Later, police said, he fired at them several times and was fatally shot after pointing a handgun at officers who tried to arrest him. No officers were injured.

The man had moved into the family home about eight years ago, with no money and no job, his brother, Homer M. Minshew III, said Wednesday. He survived the hurricane, but the family was awaiting government aid so they could either pay the house off or fix it up and sell it.

MISSISSIPPI

Skeletal remains found on base

JACKSON | Authorities were trying to determine Wednesday whether the remains of a soldier found in the woods of a National Guard training base are of a Kentucky guardsman who went missing before his unit deployed to Iraq.

Forrest County Coroner Douglas “Butch” Benedict Jr. said the remains, found Tuesday on the grounds of Camp Shelby, were in an Army uniform. Firearms were nearby.

Lt. Col. Doril Sanders, a base spokesman, would confirm only that human remains were found on the base. He said the Army’s crime lab will use DNA and dental records for identification.

Pfc. Ryan K. Longnecker, who was 19 at the time, was training at Camp Shelby when he disappeared Aug. 6, 2007, along with his military-issued 9mm pistol and M4 assault rifle.

He is the only soldier reported missing from Camp Shelby, Col. Sanders said. However, neither Col. Sanders nor Mr. Benedict could confirm if the remains belong to the soldier.

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