Sol­dier kills self dur­ing stand­off

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING - Com­piled from wire re­ports

A U.S. Army sol­dier died af­ter shoot­ing him­self in the chest dur­ing a stand­off with lo­cal po­lice.

Robert Ni­chols, 24, shot him­self Mon­day night, El Paso po­lice spokesman Mike Baranyay said. He was taken to Wil­liam Beau­mont Army Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Fort Bliss, where he later died.

Po­lice went to Ni­chols’ north­east El Paso home af­ter get­ting a call about a sui­cide in progress, Barahyay said. Af­ter of­fi­cers heard sev­eral gun­shots from in­side the home, Ni­chols came out and shot him­self as po­lice looked on.

De­tails of Ni­chols’ Army ser­vice were not im­me­di­ately avail­able. Fort Bliss of­fi­cials said mil­i­tary au­thor­i­ties have in­ves­ti­gated three other sus­pected sui­cides in­volv­ing sol­diers from the post this year.

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