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Serviceman commits suicide in Nash County

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By AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Friday, September 8, 2017

An out-of state serviceman ended his life in gunfire Friday night in Nash County as Nash County deputies looked on.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office said it received a Be-On-The-Lookout alert on Friday regarding a suicidal service member who was believed to be traveling through Nash County. The notification was sent from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office in New York, where a Veteran's Crisis Center is located.

According to a press release, Nash County deputies were on alert and started to cover major thoroughfares. In the course of the search, deputies noticed a vehicle that matched the vehicle from Virginia parked on Thad Lane, south of Sharpsburg.

Deputies made verbal contact with the victim, but during the encounter, the 40-year old man used his own weapon and shot himself. A deputy used-life saving measures on the victim, but he succumbed to the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The victim, a commissioned officer in the U.S. armed forces, has not been identified pending notification of next of kin. Military authorities in Virginia have been contacted and the scene has been cleared.

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