Turnbull’s bodyguard held over embassy shooting
Sydney: A former Australian soldier who is being held in custody following the fatal shooting of a contractor was photographed chauffeuring Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull around Baghdad in January. Chris Betz, 34, who worked for security company Unity Resources Group, is suspected of being shot by fellow contractor Sun McKay early last Thursday morning. The pair - both former Australian soldiers were drinking at the contractor’s accommodation building Carl Hall when the shooting took place. The pair’s colleagues found Mr McKay standing over Mr Betz with a pistol after the shot was heard, The Daily Telegraph reported. Mr McKay, 39, is now understood to be held at a US air force base while the incident is investigated. Dubai-based Unity Resources Group was providing security services to the Australian Embassy. Mr McKay was photographed in a car with the prime minister in January. Mr Turnbull visited the heavily guarded Australian embassy in Baghdad while on a tour of Iraq. Mr McKay, who is from Adelaide, served with the Australian army in East Timor and Afghanistan. His parents told The Daily Telegraph that they were expecting their son to return home at the weekend. Mr McKay usually did three month stints in Iraq and came back to Australia in between, his father told the paper. Daily Mail
Mr McKay was drinking with former soldier and fellow contractor Chris Betz, 34, when the shooting occurred.