Wanted US Marine Commits Suicide in Canada

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) -- A Marine wanted by the U.S. military for abandoning his unit sneaked across the border into Canada and fatally shot himself outside his mother's farmhouse, police said Friday.

Timothy Scott, 22, was holding a pistol when police found him in the road outside his mother's home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Sgt. Mark Gallagher of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

"Police spoke to him to try to talk him out of using the gun ... and unfortunately the circumstances unfolded and he took his life," Gallagher said.

The Marine had served at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and is thought to have left his unit around Tuesday, police Staff Sgt. Mark Furey said.

Cpl. Melissa McCoy, a Marine spokeswoman at Camp Lejeune, said they were aware of the case, but could not release any details of his military history or whether he had served overseas.

She said he had been listed as leaving the unit in what the military deems an "unauthorized absence," meaning he had been away from the base for less than 30 days. After that, he would be considered a deserter.

Furey said the handgun with Scott had been reported stolen from the home of Scott's father in Norfolk, Va., before he fled the United States on Wednesday.

Canada Border Services Agency officials in Halifax said they were investigating the case, but would not provide any details on how a man wanted by both the U.S. military and police got into the country with a stolen firearm.

(This version CORRECTS Marine's age to 22 instead of 24.)

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