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Fort Lee Lockdown: 'Soldier Shot Herself'

Monday, 25th August 2014 14:46

An agitated female soldier threw objects around an Army base office before barricading the door and fatally shooting herself in the head, the Army says.

Fort Lee in central Virginia was temporarily placed on lockdown during Monday's incident.

The unnamed woman turned the gun on herself, firing one shot, as authorities tried to negotiate with her.

She was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

No one else was injured in the building that is the headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command.

She had begun behaving erratically in a third-floor office.

Maj Gen Stephen Lyons said the woman was a sergeant first class and a 14-year veteran who had been based at Fort Lee for three years. 

He said her gun was not a service weapon.

A Pentagon official earlier said the alarm was prompted by a "disgruntled" woman.

The base is about 25 miles (40km) south of Richmond and 100 miles (160km) south of Washington.

According to the military's website, Fort Lee is the third-largest training site in the Army, with a daily population of about 34,000, including members from all branches, their families, civilians and contractors.