National Guardsman pleads guilty in shooting death of Iraqi police officer

National Guardsman pleads guilty in shooting death of Iraqi police officer

[JURIST] Indiana National Guard [official website] soldier Corporal Dustin Berg has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi police officer. He is accused of killing Hussein Kamel Hadi Dawood Al-Dubeidi near Baghdad in December 2003 and then shooting himself. Berg, who received a Purple Heart [award criteria] for his injuries, initially said the Iraqi police officer had pointed an gun at him to prevent Berg from reporting insurgent activity before changing his story multiple times and eventually admitting to the killing. Berg was charged [JURIST report] with murder, lying about the incident, and wearing an unauthorized award. AP has more.