Investigation launched into death of Marine shot in the head while on duty as an armed sentry

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Investigators are looking into the death of Marine Sgt. Derek Diesel, who was killed by a gunshot to the head on Aug. 18 while he was serving as an armed sentry at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, military officials confirmed.

Marine Corps Times reporter Philip Athey first reported on Diesel's death, which was not announced by the Marine Corps. The Naval Safety Center recently listed the Aug. 18 incident in its statistics of ground mishaps without including Diesel's name.

No information about the circumstances of Diesel's death was immediately available.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating how Diesel died, said NCIS spokesman Jeff Houston, who declined to say if foul play is suspected.

"We don't comment or confirm details to ongoing investigations so that's all we can say at this point," Houston told Task & Purpose. "There have been no arrests or charges filed so far."

Diesel joined the Marine Corps in May 2014 and served as a Mortarman, according to Manpower & Reserve Affairs. He was promoted to sergeant in November 2017.

His military awards include two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.