​Shooting Death At Fort Bragg, Self-Inflicted Gun Shot

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July 2, 2012

Spc. Ricky G. Elder, who was responsible for last week’s shooting at Fort Bragg, died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound after killing a battalion commander.

Lt. Col. Roy L. Tisdale, 42, was shot on Thursday during a unit safety briefing.

Elder, 27, was a Fort Bragg, North Carolina stationed soldier from Hutchinson, Kansas who died on Saturday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center from his own injuries according to hospital officials.

Spc. Michael E. Latham, 22, was the third soldier involved in this murder/suicide, he was treated at Womack Army Medical Center for minor injuries from a bullet that ricocheted and was released according to a local newspaper.

All three of these soldiers belonged to the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. According to military officials, Elder was already facing a court-martial on burglary charges for allegedly stealing a toolkit that cost $1,700 at the large United States Army installation in Fort Bragg.

Les Hulnick, Elder’s lawyer, was working on a previous case in Kansas for his client in which he pleaded guilty for aggravated battery of a woman in a bar. Elder was supposed to appear in Reno County court in Kansas for his sentencing hearing on Friday.

Hulnick was in shock when he heard about Elder’s shooting.

“All my dealings with (Elder) were extremely pleasant, and it’s just a heartbreak,” he said. “As far as I could see, he was just a hell of a good soldier, and he made a wrong move in a bar here.”