Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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U.S. v. Palmer (Involuntary Manslaughter)

Kyle Palmer, who worked as a security contractor for DynCorp at the U.S. embassy regional office in Erbil, Iraq, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of co-worker Justin Pope. According to information provided to the court, during an informal party that took place on the night of March 4, 2009, Palmer became considerably intoxicated, in violation of rules in place at the time. During the course of the party, Pope and Palmer engaged in a series of actions in which they pointed a handgun at each other. Palmer discharged Pope’s weapon without checking whether it was loaded. A bullet was accidentally fired, which struck and killed Pope. In March 2010, Palmer was sentenced to 36 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and $6,000 in fines and restitution.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
State Dept.
Court Type
Pleaded Guilty
Date of Sentencing
Contractors Involved Penalty
DynCorp International Inc. $6,000
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 3/29/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database