Military officials say a Hutchinson soldier who shot and killed his superior officer at Fort Bragg and then turned the gun on himself is also dead.
The Army said in a news release Sunday that 27-year-old Specialist Ricky Elder of Hutchinson, died on Friday.
Lieutenant Colonel Roy Tisdale of Alvin, Texas, was fatally wounded Thursday during a safety briefing. A third soldier, 22-year-old Specialist Michael Latham of Vacaville, California 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.
He had been scheduled to be sentenced in Reno County District Court over a conviction of aggravated battery of a Hutchinson woman back on April 10, 2010. This occurring at a local club. He had entered a plea in the case according to court records.
The statement from Fort Bragg said Elder was recently charged with larceny of a tool kit valued at $1,700 and had been awaiting court martial. Additionally, Elder pleaded guilty to a felony in November, 2011, for aggravated battery following an incident where he punched a woman in the face at a sports bar, leading to $60,000 in medical bills for the victim. Elder’s sentencing hearing was scheduled for Friday morning.
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