Westmoreland County veteran’s death at VA hospital ruled a homicide
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia politicians are calling for answers after a Vietnam veteran’s death at a VA hospital was ruled a homicide.
U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito vowed Friday to investigate after a news report on the death of retired Army Sgt. Felix Kirk McDermott at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
A lawyer for McDermott’s estate provided The Associated Press with a legal document sent to the VA claiming the 82-year-old was wrongly injected with a fatal dose of insulin in April 2018. It also contains an autopsy report from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner that rules the death a homicide.
Manchin also questioned the hospital’s treatment of other patients.
The hospital didn’t return a voicemail. A VA spokeswoman did not comment.
According to the obituary for McDermott, he lived in Ruffs Dale in Westmoreland County and was born in Braddock before serving in the Army and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.