first published on May 7, 2019 by Will
The sniper that holds America’s longest kill shot record was arrested near Ft Bragg for reckless handling of a firearm and discharging a firearm inside a building on Saturday.
Confusing local reports indicate that an “unattended death” occurred at the house where Army sniper Nicholas Ranstad, 40, was later arrested. The investigation is ongoing, so the police were unable to release any further information.
Based on the information available, it sounds like Ranstad, who is employed by United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) at Fort Bragg, was conducting a health and welfare inspection on a comrade who didn’t show up for duty.
Once Ranstad arrived at the residence, he picked the lock on a window to let himself in. Upon discovering his dead comrade with a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Ranstad became overwhelmed with grief and fired four rounds from his personal weapon.
The following video from National Geographic’s Sniper Inc highlight’s Ranstad and the story behind his incredibly long kill shot (2,065m) on a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2008.