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Army IDs soldier that shot self at Virginia base

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Updated: 8/27 11:01 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Army has identified the soldier who barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia base and then fatally shot herself in the head.

Fort Lee officials on Wednesday say it was 33-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker of Yonkers, New York. She was a human resources specialist.

Walker died Monday after barricading herself in an office inside the headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command and was throwing objects.

The base about 25 miles south of Richmond temporarily locked down.

About 1,100 people were inside the building as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her. No other injuries were reported.

Officials say Walker had been in the Army for 14 years and at Fort Lee since December 2011. Officials say her gun wasn't a service weapon.

 

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