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Ricky Elder, Fort Bragg Soldier Who Allegedly Shot Roy Tisdale, Has Died Of Self-Inflicted Injuries

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Police cars at the scene of the shooting in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Police cars at the scene of the shooting in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A soldier who shot and killed his superior officer at Fort Bragg and then turned the gun on himself is also dead, military officials said Sunday.

The Army said in a news release that 27-year-old Spc. Ricky G. Elder of Hutchinson, Kan., died Friday after undergoing treatment at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C.

The statement from Fort Bragg said Elder, an infantryman, had been charged recently with larceny of a toolkit valued at $1,700 and had been awaiting court martial at the time of the shootings. His trial had not been scheduled.

Elder pleaded guilty to reckless aggravated battery in November 2011. His sentencing had been postponed once already because of his military service.

The military said Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale of Alvin, Texas, was fatally wounded Thursday during a safety briefing. A third soldier, 22-year-old Spc. Michael E. Latham of Vacaville, Calif., also was wounded and has been released from the hospital.

Elder enlisted in the Army in 2004. He deployed to Iraq from October 2006 to November 2007 and to Afghanistan from September 2010 to July 2011.

Fort Bragg is home to the 82nd Airborne Division, the 18th Airborne Corps and Special Operations Forces.

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