Tribune-Courier News Editor
SHARPE – Family and friends are rallying around a Marshall County native critically wounded. United States Air Force Airman Jonathan Threatt remains in critical condition after he was shot in the head nearly a month ago while stationed at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
“He’s been in the trauma unit for three weeks,” said Tannette Weitlauf, a friend of the family. “The doctors are not giving him a good prognosis. He was originally taken to a trauma center at Trinity Hospital. They flew him to Minneapolis, Minn., when they realized how severe his condition was.”
Jonathan, the son of Tim and Lisa Threatt, Jonathan, is a 2006 graduate of Marshall County High School. Threatt, 23, currently serves as an Aircraft Armament Systems Apprentice. He had served at station posts at Kadena AFB in Okinawa, Japan, but was recently stationed at Minot AFB where the shooting occurred.
On August 13, emergency responders discovered Threatt suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Threatt was initially transported to Trinity Hospital before being flown to Minneapolis, Minn., where he remains in critical condition.
Initial reports indicate the young soldier may have been accidentally shot by a fellow airman. The incident is still under investigation, with the Minot Police having turned the investigation over to the Office of Special Investigations at Minot Air Force Base.
No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.
Tim and Lisa Threatt have traveled to Minnesota to be by their son’s side. Back home, friends and family have established a benefit at Regions Bank in Jonathan’s name.
“We set up the benefit fund so that people could donate and feel like they could help a little,” Weitlauf said.
Anyone wishing to make a donation may deposit funds at any Regions bank location into the Jonathan Threatt Benefit Fund account. Donations may also be mailed to the following address: Regions Bank Jonathan Threatt Benefit Fund, P.O. Box 446 Benton, KY 42025.