Marine killed at Lejeune was temporarily on sentry duty

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:19 PM.

The design of the weapon system keeps accidental discharges from happening; and to fire the weapon, the trigger needs to be pulled deliberately while the weapon’s safe mode is off, he said. 

“I’ve used these weapons, dropped them and done ridiculous things with them and never had one accidentally discharge,” Propheter said. “In order for that weapon to be discharged into another Marine, the shooter would have violated standard operating procedures by charging the weapon and putting a round in the chamber. That takes a very deliberate act and then on top of that he would have violated multiple weapons safety rules in order for the Marine to get shot.

“These things just don’t happen by mistake.”

Thomas Brennan is a reporter for the Jacksonville Daily News.

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