Soldier Takes Own Life During Standoff

Soldier Takes Own Life During Standoff

POSTED: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 9:21am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 9:40am

EL PASO - Police now say the man behind a standoff last night in Northeast El Paso shot himself and has since died.

Investigators say 24-year-old Robert Nichols, who is a soldier, shot himself in the chest after a two hour standoff with police.

Police found Nichols standing in front of a home on the 10400 block of Persephone holding a hand gun.

Someone called police around 8:30 last night to report a suicide and police say they heard several shots inside the home before Nichols emerged and the standoff began.

Police are still investigating.

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