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.