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UPDATE - Oregon Guard Soldier Commits Suicide at Anderson Readiness CenterSalem-News.com Staff
Troopers say a soldier who committed suicide this morning was not set to deploy to Iraq with the 41st BCT.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon State Police detectives say they are continuing the investigation into the suicide of an Oregon National Guard soldier who died Friday morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound as he sat in his vehicle in the west parking lot at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem.
According to the Oregon Military Department, the 25-year old man was not slated for deployment nor has he deployed with the ONG. His name is withheld pending completion of next of kin notifications.
Lt. Gregg Hastings with OSP says this morning at approximately 8:19 a.m. OSP and Salem police were notified of an armed, suicidal man at the Anderson Readiness Center, located at 3225 State Street in Salem.
"An OSP lieutenant was first on scene and pulled into the parking lot where he spotted the man's vehicle," Hastings said.
"As the lieutenant pulled his patrol vehicle behind the man's vehicle in a parking slot, it attempted to back out and collided with the left front quarter panel of the OSP patrol vehicle."
Hastings says the man shot himself while inside his vehicle.
He was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital where he died within an hour of the shooting.
The OSP lieutenant was not injured.
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