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Sgt. Adam Arndt's recruiting relationship to be investigated

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The Army will investigate a deceased U.S. Army recruiter's relationship with recruits after he fatally shot a 17-year-old Rockville High student he met through the recruiting center, authorities say.

Police believe U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Adam Anthony Arndt, 31, fatally shot 17-year-old Michelle Miller Monday morning before turning the gun on himself.

The Army will send an officer from Fort Knox to investigate the relationships deceased Sgt. Adam Arndt had with "Future Soldiers," or recruits under the delayed entry program.

Police say Arndt, 31, fatally shot Michelle Miller, a senior at Rockville High School, before killing himself Monday in his Germantown home. Michelle was a new recruit who was set to begin basic training this summer, according to her father.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports Arndt had married a young former recruit last year.

The Washington Post reports friends of Miller’s have told police that the two were romantically linked. Arndt was married to a 21-year-old Army recruit who enlisted at the same Gaithersburg recruiting center where Arndt worked.

Arndt started working as an Army recruiter in January 2011 and would conduct weekly meetings with recruits at the Gaithersburg center. It’s where he met Miller, who recently enlisted in the Army Reserves to help with college tuition.

Miller’s family believes Arndt suffered from PTSD and threatened to kill himself Sunday night.

Army recruiters are prohibited from socializing with recruits before they enter basic training, The Washington Post reports.

 

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