United States Marine Michael Joseph Poth, 20, used a pocketknife to stab and kill another Marine, Philip Bushong once in the chest Saturday night after an altercation in which Poth called Bushong anti-gay slurs two blocks from the Eastern Market Metro stop in Washington, DC.
Bushong, who was 23 and based at Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Poth, was arressted at his barracks a block away and was charged with second-degree murder.
Officers found a pocketknife on Poth when they arrested him, and believe that the men got into a fight on the street, and did not know each other before the incident
“This is obviously a tragedy and we’re working in concert with local authorities and cooperating with them as necessary,” said Marine Capt. John D. Norton, public affairs officer at Marine Barracks Washington.
Because the killing involved an anti-gay slur, the D.C. police’s gay and lesbian unit was notified.
There was no indication that either man was gay