RIVERVIEW, Mich. (AP) -- The mother of a U.S. veteran who returned to Iraq as a civilian contractor protecting American diplomats says her son was killed by a sniper.
Patricia Salser tells The Associated Press that 25-year-old Justin Pope died after being shot Wednesday.
He worked for Falls Church, Va.-based DynCorp International, one of three U.S.-based security contractors that work for the State Department in Iraq.
Detroit-area television station WJBK reports that Pope served two military tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and that as a civilian was assigned to protect U.S. diplomats in Kirkuk.
Salser says her son joined the Marines after graduating from Riverview High School in 2002. Survivors include his wife and a 7-year-old son.