Turn­bull’s body­guard held over em­bassy shoot­ing

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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.

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