July 26, 2016 – The military was mourning 2 soldiers on Tuesday who were fatally killed while protecting a woman from a gunned man in a bar in South Carolina.
According to Lexington County Sheriff Department’s Capt. Adam Myrick, the 29 years old Sgt. First Class Jonathan Michael Prins and 40 years old Staff Sgt. Allen Judge Jr. were both acting as good Samaritans when they were fatally shot to death. Their bravery was paid with their lives.
Col. Renita Berry, the commanding officer of Staff Sgt. Judge at the McCrady Training Center, said they are saddened and shocked by his loss. According to him, Staff Sgt. Judge was an outstanding and courageous instructor who served with great enthusiasm and dedication and demonstrated unwavering commitment to his students, his peers and the organization every day and that he will be missed tremendously.
According to U.S. Army Brig. General Van McCarty, he was able to serve with Staff Sgt. Judge in Iraq in year 2004 and called him a soldier’s soldier.
Prins was a Fort Jackson drill sergeant who had served in Iraq and in Afghanistan.
According to Prins’ fellow drill sergeant in Fort Jackson, Brandonn Baldwin, the way Sgt. First Class Prins was taken from them is a testament to his selfless service and his bravery.
The suspect Joseph Elijah Mills, 25 years old, was arrested shortly after the double killing on Sunday and charged with 2 counts of murder.
Mills said at his arraignment on Monday that he’s very sorry about what happened, as reported by the State newspaper. He said he never meant for it to happen. He was being lynched by 8 people because he was chasing a woman who grabbed drugs off his seat and took off running, he added.
According to arrest warrants, Prins and Judge were at Lake Murray, west of Columbia’s Frayed Knot Bar & Grill, when Mills physically assaulted a girl companion and was separated from her with the help of several bar patrons.
The warrants state that among those who helped were Prins and Judge. Mills then showed a handgun and allegedly fired the fatal shots.
According to the office of Lexington County Coroner, Prins was hit thrice and Judge two times.