BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – Police in middle Georgia say a man has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of a Beaufort-based Marine.
Around 1 a.m. in Macon, Georgia, Tuesday, police arrested 25-year-old Quavion Rountree. He’s accused of shooting and killing Private Anahitdeep Singh Sandhu on Sunday evening.
Authorities say Sandhu was found lying on a walkway with gunshot wounds at an apartment complex in Perry, Georgia. He later died at a nearby hospital.
Lt. Col. Joshua PIeczonka, Sandhu’s commanding officer, tells News 3 the private was an aviation ordnance Marine from Kent, Washington, based at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort.
According to the Marine Corps Times, the Lowcountry-based squadron is said to have been conducting training in Idaho, and Sandhu was on liberty when he died.
PIeczonka said the private was assigned to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224, which falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 31 and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.
The following statement was released form Pleczonka in regards to Sandhu’s death:
Our deepest condolences are with Private Anahitdeep Sandhu’s family, friends and fellow VMFA(AW)-224 Marines and Sailors. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this extremely difficult time. The command’s priority is to take care of this Marine’s family and affected fellow Marines
This marks the second shooting death of an MCAS Beaufort Marine in recent weeks.
On Friday, April 15, Cpl. Tyler Wallingford, 21, an Aircraft Ordnance Technician with training squadron VMFAT-501, was shot and killed at the air station barracks. Cpl. Spencer Daily, also a 21-year-old Aircraft Ordnance Technician with VMFAT-501, was taken into custody.
The investigation into Sandhu’s death is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Matt Cota at (478) 988-2848 or (478) 338-0254 or Captain Heath Dykes at (478) 988-2822 or (478) 338-0253.
Some story info from WMGT, NBC affiliate in Macon