KAMIAH -- A former Idaho resident and U.S. Army officer died in Baghdad Monday, the victim of what an Army spokesman called "non-hostile gunshot wounds." A relative said Shull was killed when another soldier's rifle accidentally fired.
The death of Capt. James A. Shull, 32, remains under investigation, said Maj. Doug Edwards, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon.
Married with three young children, Shull had been in Iraq since April. His brother, Brad Shull of Bothell, Wash., told The Seattle Times that Shull had been checking whether local community centers needed supplies when another soldier's rifle accidentally went off, striking Shull in the head.
"James was such a loving person, " Brad Shull said. "He wanted to create good in this world and really cared about all people."
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Shull was assigned to battery headquarters and served with the 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery of the 3rd Brigade 1st Armored Division, Edwards said. Battery headquarters provides support services to the soldiers operating artillery emplacements, Edwards said.
His parents, Joseph and Sandy Shull of Kamiah, could not be reached.
Shull was born in California and later moved with his family to Kirkland, Wash., where he graduated from high school in 1989. He went on to serve a two-year Mormon mission in the Philippines before moving to Rexburg, where he graduated with an associate's degree from Ricks College, now Brigham Young University-Idaho.
Shull married Alice Anderson in 1993, and the couple moved to Kamiah.
He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in criminal justice before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1996.
He served in Kuwait, Korea and Fort Lewis, Wash., and recently moved to Fort Riley, Kan.
An obituary printed in the Lewiston Morning Tribune on Wednesday said that Shull was an avid WSU Cougar fan, and that his wife sent a VCR to Iraq so that he could watch home movies of his kids and taped Cougar football games.
Brad Shull said his brother loved the military and often sent e-mails to his family saying he was safe and seldom heard gunshots. But his last e-mail, on Saturday, had a more dire tone.
"He said he'd been moved to a scary part of Baghdad and asked us to pray for him, " said Brad Shull.
Shull is also survived by his three children, 7-year-old Ashley, 5-year-old Jacob, and Allysa, 22 months.
A memorial service will be held Dec. 6 in Kirkland.