Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Female soldier death at Fort Sam Houston probed

Soldier's fatal shooting probed
By Sig Christenson - Express-News
Web Posted: 04/21/2009 11:02 CDT
A soldier was found dead in her barracks Tuesday night at Fort Sam Houston after a caller told post police that someone there had fired a weapon.

The victim suffered a single gunshot wound, but police were not saying where the GI had been shot or if her death was an apparent suicide.

“I haven't even seen a police report yet,” Fort Sam spokesman Phil Reidinger said late Tuesday, adding that police had provided few details to him in the case. “Without the police report and without confirmation of next-of-kin notification, I don't have any more details than I am able to provide you now.”

Fort Sam police arrived at the 32nd Medical Brigade training barracks around 6:30 p.m., moments after receiving the call. They found a body in the barracks, which has an open bay configuration and accommodates an average of about 60 GIs.

Virtually nothing was known about the victim. Reidinger said police had not given him her name, rank or age, and added that it wasn't known if her relatives had been notified. Though he did not know her job specialty, those in the barracks are at Fort Sam for training as combat medics.

“I don't know how long she had been assigned here,” he said.
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Soldier's fatal shooting probed

Sam Houston soldier apparently killed self

The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Apr 22, 2009 19:28:40 EDT

SAN ANTONIO — The military says a soldier who flunked out of combat medic training has been found dead in an apparent suicide at the Fort Sam Houston barracks.

Spokesman Phil Reidinger at the base in Texas says Pfc. Jaynie May Askew was found Tuesday on her bed, next to a note and a .45-caliber handgun.

Reidinger says only two of the 60 training medics living at the barracks were there at the time of the shooting. He says the gun was not military issued, and he doesn't know how she got the gun into the barracks.

The 43-year-old Askew was being sent back to a military police unit of the Arizona National Guard after failing a required emergency medical technician test.
Sam Houston soldier apparently killed self

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