Fort Bragg Soldier Who Killed Commander Dies

Spc. Ricky Elder was facing legal problems in Army and personal life

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 2, 2012 12:27 AM CDT | Updated Jul 2, 2012 2:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – A soldier who shot and killed his battalion commander at Fort Bragg last week, injured a second soldier, then shot himself has died of his injuries, reports AP. Spc. Ricky G. Elder, 27, died Friday while receiving treatment at a local medical center, according to an Army news release issued yesterday. Lt. Col. Roy Tinsdale was killed by Elder during a safety briefing, according to officials.

Elder had been facing legal difficulties both in the military and his personal life. He had recently been charged by the Army with stealing a $1,700 toolkit and was awaiting a court martial. In addition, Elder was scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on an aggravated battery charge, stemming from a 2010 incident in a sports bar where he reportedly punched a woman in the face. Elder served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Army investigators work the scene of a fatal shooting last week at Fort Bragg, NC, where officials said Spc. Ricky Elder killed an officer and shot himself, dying of his injuries the next day.
Army investigators work the scene of a fatal shooting last week at Fort Bragg, NC, where officials said Spc. Ricky Elder killed an officer and shot himself, dying of his injuries the next day.   (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer- Drew Brooks)
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