The soldier who shot and killed his superior officer during a safety briefing at Fort Bragg and then turned the gun on himself has died.
Fort Bragg spokesman, Col. Kevin Arata, identified the dead soldier as Spc. Ricky G. Elder, 27, of Hutchinson, Kansas. Elder died Saturday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
Elder was accused of fatally shooting his battalion commander, Lt. Col. Roy L. Tisdale, during a safety briefing last Thursday.
Both soldiers were members of the 525th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 525th Surveillance Brigade.
Elder was recently charged with larceny of a $1,700 tool kit at Fort Bragg and was facing a court martial. Elder also had a pending court case in Kansas where he was accused of punching a woman in the face during an incident inside a bar in Hutchinson in 2010. He had accepted a plea agreement and agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of aggravated battery in return for no jail time and his agreement to pay restitution to the woman he hit.