Soldier in Standoff Confirmed Based at Fort Bliss


POSTED: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 6:11pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 10:30am

FORT BLISS - Leaders at Fort Bliss have confirmed a man behind a SWAT standoff with El Paso Police Monday night was based here in El Paso.

U.S. Army Spc. Robert T. Nichols, 24, died Monday night. El Paso Police say he shot himself in the chest at his residence on the 10400 block of Persephone, after a near two-hour standoff with negotiators.

Nichols was assigned to A-2 THAAD, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss, according to a Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office news release.

He was a native of Phoenix, Ariz., and joined the Army in July 2006. No word if he was ever deployed and fought in combat.

Someone called police around 8:30 Monday night to report a suicide.

Police say they heard several shots inside the home before Nichols emerged and the standoff began.

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Oh Of Course, these brave young men & women serve OUR nation. And not all is well in their mental state of mind. But speaking as a veteran (1979-1999) you are looked upon different if you try to seek help...Cuz it's really inmportant for that soldier to be in the motor pool or at some "dog & pony" cermony then to have a Dr's appointment...

I am so sad to see that so many young people kill themselves...I wish I could be there for them,I would be there no matter what time just be there...

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