Sol­dier dies af­ter shoot­ing her­self in Vir­ginia

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) — An en­raged sol­dier bar­ri­caded her­self in a build­ing at a Vir­ginia Army base, threw ob­jects around the of­fice and then fa­tally shot her­self in the head Mon­day as law en­force­ment of­fi­cials tried to ne­go­ti­ate with her, au­thor­i­ties said.

The sol­dier, who has not been iden­ti­fied, was pro­nounced dead af­ter be­ing taken to Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease is­sued by Fort Lee, where the Mon­day morn­ing shoot­ing took place. No other in­juries were re­ported.

The heav­ily traf­ficked base went on lockdown while the sol­dier was bar­ri­caded on the third floor of the four-story build­ing that houses the Army’s Com­bined Arms Sup­port Com­mand. About 1,100 peo­ple were in­side, but no one else was hurt, Fort Lee of­fi­cials said.

The Army said an alert was sounded across the post and those in the build­ing ei­ther took shel­ter in­side or evac­u­ated as di­rected. Fort Lee po­lice re­sponded within two min­utes of be­ing alerted, the news re­lease said.

“This sit­u­a­tion could’ve been worse,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, who took over as com­mand­ing gen­eral of the sup­port com­mand Fri­day.

The sol­dier was a sergeant 1st class who has been in the Army for 14 years and at Fort Lee for three, Lyons said. Her gun was not a ser­vice weapon, he said. Army of­fi­cials said they would not re­lease her iden­tity un­til 24 hours af­ter no­ti­fy­ing her next of kin. They did not say if that had hap­pened yet.

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