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Fort Campbell Shooting Suspect Dies

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Soldier who was apprehended early Saturday morning following a pursuit by Georgia State Police has died from wounds suffered during an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound sustained at the time of the incident.

Specialist Rico L. Rawls Jr., 22, was pronounced dead at approximately 2:00pm, Monday afternoon.

Rawls Jr. was wanted for questioning in connection with the death of his spouse, Jessica T. Rawls, who was discovered deceased from an apparent gunshot wound Friday evening by Military Police responding to an alleged domestic dispute in on-post housing.

The death of the spouse is under investigation by Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Army CID is also working closely with other civilian law enforcement agencies in regard to this investigation.

Rawls Jr. was assigned to 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, KY and worked as an Information Systems Operator/Analyst. He arrived to Fort Campbell in January 2010 and completed two combat deployments to Iraq.  He returned from his most recent combat tour supporting Operation New Dawn in November 2011.

Questions pertaining to the investigation can be directed to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Chris Grey, at 571.305.4041 or .

Questions pertaining to Specialist Rico L. Rawls Jr.’s background and/or supplementary information can be directed to Lt. Col. Frank Garcia at 270.798.4730 or .


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