A US Marine vet, on the run, was arrested in Portland Tuesday, three years after the death of his roommate –a fellow Marine.
Police say 26-year-old Tyler Prudden was wanted in connection with the 2013 shooting death of Lanija Gilpatrick in Richlands, North Carolina.
The death was at first ruled an accident, but after receiving a tip that Gilpatrick did not accidentally shoot himself while “handling a pistol” – the investigation was reopened.
Prudden is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He’s now at the Eaton County Jail in Michigan, awaiting extradition hearings, according to the Lansing State Journal. Members of the Lansing Area Fugitive Task Force were enlisted to help track him down.
Prudden was arrested without incident outside his Portland home, a Michigan State police trooper told the local paper.
According to a press release from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Prudden was in the Corps for four years and was a Marine Air Ground Task Force planning specialist at Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
Both he and Gilpatrick were identified by the base as Marine lance corporals.
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