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Published August 06, 2010, 02:12 PM

Grand Forks Airman Dies After Apparent Suicide

An airman at the Grand Forks Air Force Base is dead after what authorities are calling an apparent suicide.

A Grand Forks Air Force Base Airman is dead of an apparent suicide.

The name of the airman has not been released yet.

Air Force officials did say he was assigned to the 319th Air Refueling Wing.

Air Force security forces, Grand Forks County sheriff's officials and emergency medical responders responded to the call of shots fired around noon.

WDAZ saw an ambulance leave the Air Force Base with a Highway Patrol escort around 12:30 p.m.

Air Force Officials say that the suicide is still under investigation.

"We take the security of our airman on the base very seriously," said Col. Don Shaffer, the 319th Refueling Wing Commander at a news conference Friday afternoon. "This is an isolated incident and this particular, this one individual decided to take some action."

Shaffer says the suicide did not happen in a public area of the base. The Airman was transported to Altru hospital and later pronounced dead. The Air Force is releasing no other information at this time.

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