Army Says 22-Year-Old Fort Campbell Special Forces Soldier Has Died From Self-Inflicted Gunshot

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.

Army officials said Spec. Rico L. Rawls Jr jad served two tours in Iraq and joined the 5th Special Forces Group in 2010. He died Monday in Georgia after leading police on a multi-state vehicle chase that ended when police say he shot himself.

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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