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JBER airman dead of gunshot wound to head

Lisa Demer

An airman from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died from a gunshot wound to the head last week, and while there was no evidence of foul play, an Air Force spokesman said it's too soon to call the man's death a likely suicide.

Senior Airman Lee Davis, 24, died Wednesday, the Air Force said Monday. The death wasn't announced sooner because of difficulties in locating next of kin, Staff Sgt. William Banton said.

Davis, an air traffic controller from Cleveland, Ohio, was found shot in his Anchorage apartment, the Air Force said. First responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

He was the second military member from JBER to die by gunshot here in less than a week. Army Spc. Robert Rolland Sage, 22, of Elgin, Ill., died July 20 from an apparent self-inflicted single gunshot wound. The Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating that death, considered a potential suicide but also not yet confirmed, said John Pennell, U.S. Army Alaska spokesman. The death earlier this year of a Fairbanks soldier also is considered a possible suicide.

Davis, who was single, joined the Air Force in August 2007 and was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina before being assigned to the 3rd Operations Support Squadron at JBER in June 2010, the Air Force said. He hadn't deployed since moving to Alaska, Banton said.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is looking into his death. Until the investigation is done, the Air Force cannot discuss any signs of trouble in Davis's life, Banton said.

In Army deaths in which suicide is suspected, investigators examine a deceased soldier's background for depression and other medical issues as well as financial and marital troubles in order to make a suicide determination, Pennell said.

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