Pennsylvania Shooting Suspect Never Saw Combat, Says Marine Who Served with Him
Court records show that Bradley William Stone was undergoing treatment for PTSD
A Marine who served with Bradley William Stone says the 35-year-old never saw combat during his deployment to Iraq.
Stone was found dead on Tuesday in the woods near his home after an intense manhunt across Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Authorities had been searching for the vet since early Monday, when Stone allegedly shot and killed his ex-wife, 33-year-old Nicole Stone, as well as five of her relatives.
Court records show that he was being treated for PTSD, but a Marine who was deployed with Stone to Iraq in 2008 disputes those claims.
“Don’t be fooled into thinking this guy had PTSD,” the Marine, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells PEOPLE. “He didn’t. He didn’t have the opportunity to get PTSD.”
He adds: “We saw zero combat. None. We had no engagements with the enemy. He was deployed with us for three months, and in that time saw zero combat.”
The Marine describes Stone as unpopular. “He was not well liked in the unit,” he says. “People viewed him as odd. He had attitude.
“Quite honestly, nobody missed him when he left,” he admits.
Stone’s ex-wife had told neighbors she feared for her life. The two were in an ongoing custody dispute over their two daughters.
“She would tell anybody who would listen that he was going to kill her and that she was really afraid for her life,” Evan Weron, a neighbor, told the Associated Press.
• Reporting by SUSAN KEATING