Two U.S. soldiers were shot dead on Sunday outside a bar in South Carolina as they tried to defend a woman who was running from another man.
According to The Blaze, South Carolina National Guard Staff Sgt. Charles Allen Judge Jr., 40, and Ft. Jackson soldier Jonathon Michael Prins, 29, were both killed after confronting 25-year-old Joseph Mills at the Frayed Knot Bar and Grill in Lake Murray, South Carolina.
Mills was reportedly chasing the woman with a gun because she stole drugs from him. A group of people then confronted him and threatened to “lynch” him, but they all fled when he pulled a gun. Judge and Prin were the only two to remain behind in the hopes of solving the situation amicably.
“Mr. Judge and Mr. Prins were attempting to intervene and resolve the situation peacefully,” a spokesman for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said.
Judge and Prins were friends, with the former being an Iraq war veteran and Prins being a drill instructor at Fort Jackson. Judge left behind two children and Prins left behind three.
“I think if both of those gentlemen, Chuck and Jonathon, if they would’ve known what the outcome was going to be before they did what they did they still would’ve done it,” Jon Adams, one of Judge’s friends, said.
Mills has previously been arrested for drug and domestic violence offenses. He has been charged with two counts of murder in relation to this shooting.
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