Army Special Operations soldier not charged after killing Russian who was photographing his home

Update: Spec. Ops. soldier who killed a Russian at his home been identified as a colonel, 911 call released

An Army Special Operations Soldier shot and killed a man outside his home in North Carolina earlier this month has so far avoided being charged with a crime— and the family members of the deceased are not happy.

According to the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting occurred around 8:15 PM on May 3rd, when the Soldier in question reported a trespasser on his property in Carthage, NC.

Deputies arrived to find 35-year-old Ramzan Daraev, a native of Chechnya in Russia, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

The name of the Soldier involved in the shooting has not been released. However, Army Special Operations Command confirmed that he is part of their elite unit based at Fort Liberty, N.C.

A spokeswoman for the command said they cannot provide more details because the investigation is ongoing.

For those unfamiliar with the area, Carthage is located about 35 miles northwest of Fort Liberty.

The Soldier and other witnesses are cooperating with the investigation, as stated by the local sheriff’s office. However, it is still unclear what exactly led to the fatal encounter. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a call about an intruder on the Soldier’s property who was reportedly taking photos and became aggressive when confronted by another resident.

Daraev was said to be a subcontractor for a local utility company, working on a job at the time of the incident. However, the sheriff’s office is still verifying his employment status.

Deputies found Daraev’s body about 250 yards from the road, near a power line on the Soldier’s property. He had no identification, utility company clothing, or tools on him.

The authorities used family members and an international ID found in Daraev’s vehicle to identify him.

After the shooting, Moore County deputies called in an FBI special agent who provided a translator to speak with individuals claiming to be Daraev’s coworkers.

An FBI spokesperson stated that the FBI is not currently involved in the investigation, noting that “The local investigation has not uncovered evidence of a federal crime.”

However, it should be noted that the FBI is in regular contact with the sheriff’s office and is ready to investigate if any federal matter arises. The Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is also assisting the Moore County Sheriff’s Department but can not provide more information at this time.

Meanwhile, Daraev’s family has started a petition on, urging the Justice Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to charge the Soldier.

The family accused the Soldier of killing Daraev “in cold blood,” insinuating that Daraev was unarmed, unaggressive, and taking photos of his completed work when he was approached and shot at least four times.

“Ramzan left Russia not realizing that the greatest injustice against him would be done in a free country, where, in theory, he should have received protection,” the family wrote in their petition.

By Tuesday, the petition had gathered over 11,600 signatures.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office stated that their investigation is ongoing, and they have not ruled out charging the Soldier.

“Once all facts have been collected and reviewed, the case will be presented to the district attorney’s office for a determination on whether criminal charges will be pursued,” officials said in a statement. “The Moore County Sheriff’s Office is committed to conducting a thorough and impartial investigation.”

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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