Skip to main content
Publish date:

Charges: Marine from Minnesota was shot dead by fellow Marine in D.C.

The Marine has been charged with Riley Kuznia's murder.
Author:

A U.S. Marine from Minnesota who died on New Year's Day was shot by a fellow Marine.

That's according to charges obtained The Marine Corps Times, which state that Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnson is accused of shooting Lance Cp. Riley Kuznia at the Marine Barracks Washington in D.C.

According to the report, Johnson allegedly shot Kuznia in the head after pointing a pistol at him, and pulling the trigger "in jest."

He has been charged with murder, negligent homicide and involuntary manslaughter.

Kuznia, 20, of Karlstad, Minnesota, was shot around 5 a.m. on New Year's Day while on duty as a team leader for Guard Company at Marine Barracks on Capitol Hill.

According to a release from the United States Marine Corp, Kuznia was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:59 a.m. 

A GoFundMe for Kuznia's family noted that the 20-year-old had just spent Christmas in Minnesota prior to his death, and he was looking forward to a new assignment in February. 

Kuznia graduated from Tri-County High School in 2017, where was a member of the Kittson County Central Bearcats varsity hockey team. 

Next Up

mpd aldi incident screengrab

Video shows MPD officer grab, throw Aldi customer

Thee department says the matter was referred to the Office of Police Conduct Review.

US Sec Defense Flickr - Joe Bide Nov 11 2021

Biden lays out wintertime plan to curb COVID's spread

It comes as the U.S. reported its second case of the omicron variant.

Willow River DOC

MN Dept. of Corrections offering $5K bonuses as it seeks to hire 200

The DOC is offering hiring bonuses for new employees and for referrals.

covid

3rd federal medical team to join COVID-19 fight in Minnesota

There are more than 1,500 people with COVID-19 admitted to Minnesota hospitals.

hospital, emergency room

Driver killed after other motorist crosses into opposite lane

The head-on crash occurred early Thursday, just north of the Twin Cities.

shot clock

MSHSL approves shot clock for Minnesota varsity basketball

Shot clocks will be required at all varsity games beginning in 2023-24.

Redmons Popcorn Colbert screengrab

Popcorn shop featured on 'The Late Show' has to close 2 days later

A county inspection after the national TV appearance found code violations.

covid, vaccine

Minnesotan infected with omicron was vaccinated, had booster shot

The Hennepin County man received his booster shot in early November.

Related

U.S. Marine from MN killed while on duty in Washington, D.C.

The Marine died from a gunshot wound that was not self-inflicted.

Theotis Thomas

Charges: Man shot dead for stopping a domestic assault

The 19 year old has been charged with the murder of Mark Franklin in St. Paul.

Antonio Richardson

Charges: Man shot dead in his St. Paul home was not the target

A 30-year-old man has been charged with murder.

police lights

Charges: Man used shotgun to kill ex-girlfriend in her Crystal home

The 38-year-old has been charged with 2nd-degree murder.

Screen Shot 2020-03-24 at 8.50.34 PM

Man charged with killing 25-year-old, dumping body near St. Cloud airport

Ricee Tyson has been charged with murder and manslaughter.

Screen Shot 2020-01-14 at 1.11.28 PM

Charges: Teen fatally shot man during botched drug deal

The 18-year-old is facing 2nd-degree murder charges for the shooting in Rochester.