Police Say Soldier Shot Himself in Georgia After Multi-State Pursuit That Reached Speeds of 120 mph
Spec. Rico L. Rawls Jr was suspect in wife’s murder on Fort Campbell
by Associated Press
Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 17, 2012
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Fort Campbell says a soldier who was chased by Georgia State Police after his wife was found dead at the post has died of a gunshot wound that was apparently self-inflicted during the pursuit.
The post says 22-year-old Spec. Rico L. Rawls Jr. died about 2 p.m. Monday.
Military police responding to an alleged domestic dispute in housing at the post found Jessica T. Rawls dead from an apparent gunshot wound Friday night. Her death remains under investigation.
Police said Rico Rawls shot himself after a high speed chase on Saturday that started in Hamilton County in southeastern Tennessee.
Georgia authorities said the suspect reached speeds of up to 120 mph before being forced to stop on I-75 in Bartow County near Lake Allatoona just before 3 a.m. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and succumbed to the gunshot wound Monday afternoon.
Rico Rawls was assigned to 5th Special Forces Group and worked as an information systems operator/analyst. He had been at Fort Campbell since January 2010 and was deployed to Iraq twice.
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