Suspect in Military Building Shootings Out of Marines

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011  |  Updated 7:22 AM EDT
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Pentagon Shootings Suspect Dropped by Corps

Yonathan Melaku

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The Marines Corps dismissed a reservist charged in a series of pre-dawn shootings at the Pentagon and other military buildings in the area, officials said.

The Marines on Tuesday completed the process of separating 22-year-old Yonathan Melaku, a lance corporal, from the Corps. The Corps said Melaku did not contest the proceeding.

The Marines began the process this month after Melaku was charged with grand larceny in an unrelated case.

Melaku was arrested after he was caught trespassing inside Arlington National Cemetery after dark. Police said he had with him bomb-making materials.

The Marines said the shooting charges and Melaku's arrest at the cemetery had no bearing on their decision to kick him out.

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