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Man Killed In U.S. Starbucks Was Former Georgian Soldier

A Georgian man was shot dead at a U.S. Starbucks despite the chain's policy of banning guns from its stores.

A man killed in a weekend shooting at a Starbucks coffee shop in Las Vegas was a former Georgian soldier who had become a U.S. citizen, officials and friends said on September 28.

Aleksandr Khutsishvili enlisted in the army after his country broke from the Soviet Union, and he served a stint in a unit protecting then-Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, David Shtromberg, a friend who grew up with Khutsishvili in Tbilisi, told AP.

Khutsishvili, 41, known to friends as "Sasha," was shot after getting into an argument with a gunman whose credit card payment for coffee was rejected, police said. Khutsishvili was unarmed.

Police have charged the gunman, Petro Garcia, with murder.

A twice-divorced father of three, Khutsishvili worked as a plumber, longshoreman, construction worker, and car wash worker. He became a U.S. citizen in 2004, Shtromberg said.

"Because he was military, he would react," Shtromberg said. "He's not the type of person to walk away from a fight...or someone else's fight."

Based on reporting by AP and KSNV News3