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Shooting death of Vt. guardsmen a homicide

Apr. 29, 2014 - 12:22PM   |  
Kryn Miner died Friday evening from a gunshot wound. Miner served with the Vermont Army National Guard during its 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. He leaves behind a wife and four children.
Kryn Miner died Friday evening from a gunshot wound. Miner served with the Vermont Army National Guard during its 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. He leaves behind a wife and four children. (Elizabeth Murray/Burlington Free Press)
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ESSEX, VT. — The weekend death of Kryn A. Miner, a 44-year-old combat veteran who served with the Vermont Army National Guard in Afghanistan in 2010, has been ruled a homicide by the state Medical Examiner's office.

According to a death certificate filed Tuesday morning by state medical examiner Elizabeth Bundock, Miner died of gunshot wounds to his head, neck and torso.

The certificate also said he was "shot by other," indicating the death was not the result of a suicide.

Essex police to date have been unwilling to disclose any details involving Miner's death early Saturday morning at his Essex Junction home.

Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan had said Monday that Miner's death was the result of a shooting by another individual, but would not confirm if the incident was being treated as a homicide.

Donovan and Essex police have not identified who the other individual was, or what sparked the shooting. The matter continues to be under "active investigation" by police, Donovan said.

Miner, a Chief Warrant Officer, 2, with the Vermont Guard, was assigned to the headquarters division of the Guard's base in Colchester. He was married and had four children.

Miner served as an intelligence officer with the Guard's 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Group during its 2010 deployment in Afghanistan, a Guard soldier who served with him has told the Burlington Free Press.

In an interview with a Chicago television station in February, Miner said he had been diagnosed in 2011 with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury as a result of 11 deployments in seven years.

Miner also told the television station he had served in the U.S. Army for 25 years and was affiliated with the Lone Survivor Foundation, a Texas-based group that helps wounded service members and their families adjust to post-military life.

Miner's funeral is set for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Lawrence Church in Essex Junction. Visiting hours will be Thursday at the Ready Funeral Service's Mountain View Chapel at 68 Pincrest Drive in Essex Junction.

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