FORT BRAGG MURDER-SUICIDE: The Army soldier who opened fire killing battalion commander Lt. Colonel Roy Tisdale last Thursday at Fort Bragg, N.C., has been identified as Specialist Ricky G. Elder, a 27 year-old infantryman from Kansas. Elder died after shooting himself last Thursday.
According to media reports, the Fort-Bragg murder-suicide may have been prompted by legal troubles that Specialist Ricky Elder had been experiencing both on the base and back home in Hutchinson, KS. Ricky Elder was accused of stealing a $1,700 toolkit from the base motor pool and was facing a court martial that could have ended with a dishonorable discharge.
Additionally, Elder pleaded guilty to a felony in November, 2011, for aggravated battery following an incident where he punched a woman in the face at a sports bar, leading to $60,000 in medical bills for the victim. The Hutchinson News, reports that Elder’s sentencing hearing was scheduled for Friday morning.