El Paso – A U.S. Army soldier has died after shooting himself in the chest during a standoff with local police.
Twenty-four-year-old Robert Nichols 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.
Baranyay said police went to Nichols' northeast El Paso home after getting a call about a suicide in progress. After officers heard several gunshots from inside the home, Nichols came out and later 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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