OLONGAPO, Philippines — A suspected Communist gunman shot and killed a U.S. Marine sergeant outside the American-run Subic Bay naval complex, prompting officials Saturday to restrict travel by all U.S. military personnel in the Philippines as a precaution.
The U.S. Navy identified the slain American as Gunnery Sgt. John S. Fredette, 34, of Buena Park, Calif. He was attached to the 323rd Marine Fighter Squadron based in El Toro, Calif., and was on temporary duty at Subic.
Philippine police said Fredette was killed by a single bullet in the back of his head while he was walking at 11:30 p.m. Friday in the liberty city of Olongapo, 50 miles northwest of Manila.
In Manila, U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Platt "expressed shock and sorrow at the cowardly murder" of Fredette, an embassy statement said. It said U.S. officials were in touch with Philippine authorities regarding the investigation of the case.