Army Ranger killed during early Sunday morning shooting

Christopher Warden (Facebook)

(Columbus, GA) Police are investigating a shooting that left a Soldier dead early Sunday morning.

Christopher Warden, 30, was assigned to Ft. Benning Ga., according to WTVM 9.

Warden was shot while entering an apartment at around 7 a.m. according to The Ledger-Inquirer.

Police say Warden beat and kicked the door of the apartment and eventually broke out a front window.  He crawled into the apartment through the window, where he thought his wife had gone to pick up her daughter.

A woman inside the apartment saw Warden, a stranger to her, and yelled at Warden to exit the apartment.  He allegedly refused and attempted to enter her bedroom, where she fired a round from a pistol into his chest.

According to WRBL, Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton confirms Warden’s death and that he was pronounced dead at 8:33 a.m. at Midtown Medical Center.

Many of his close friends have gone to social media to grieve the tragic loss.

A close friend of Warden said in a Facebook post:

“Tonight is very bitter sweet for me. I had been planned on asking the love of my life to marry me for a of couple months now, which I did. I heard about my good buddy Christopher Warden passing away last night which devastated me. I had the pleasure of playing a song for him as he proposed to Shannon Marie just last week. Chris was always a fan of mine and always came to my shows. Chris was not only a great person but a US Army Ranger. You never know when the person next to you will be gone. Live life to be fullest and never look back. Rest Easy Chris. I’ll see you on the other side buddy!”

Warden and his girlfriend, Shannon, were recently engaged on Tuesday.

Warden’s body is being sent to Atlanta for an autopsy.  Police are considering the incident a burglary based on witness testimony and evidence at the scene.  They said no charges will be filed against the woman who was the victim.

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  • Jim Verchio is a staff writer for Popular Military. As a retired Air Force Public Affairs craftsman, Jim has served at all levels. From staff writer to Editor-In-Chief, he has more than 30 years experience covering military topics in print and broadcast from the CONUS to Afghanistan. He is also a two time recipient of the DoD’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for journalism excellence.

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