14-Year-Old Damaged Glastonbury Monument to Marine Killed in Iraq: Police

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A monument in Glastonbury for an Iraq war veteran was vandalized and police said they identified a 14-year-old young man from town as the person responsible.

The monument, located at the Bell Street end of the Addison Bog multiuse trail, was put up in honor of Sgt. David Coullard, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2005.

Coullard, a Marine sniper, and his six-man team were killed in an ambush near Haditha just a few months after Coullard recovered from a gunshot wound and volunteered to return to duty, according to the Connecticut State Wall of Honor.  

Police said three flags were torn from their posts, two benches were knocked over and the large granite monument was knocked over and damaged. 

Police posted on social media Friday that evidence and witness statements led them to identify a 14-year-old from Glastonbury who they said was responsible for the damage on multiple occasions.

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