WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a Navy SEAL commander in Afghanistan.
Cmdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa., died Saturday of a gunshot wound to the head while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan, a U.S. military official said Monday on condition of anonymity because the death is still under investigation.
It was not immediately known when Cmdr. Price started his tour of duty in Afghanistan, though he had been in command of the team of 25 to 30 men since June 2011, the official said. He said Cmdr. Price had no immediately known professional or work problems other than the stresses of deployment, which can be tremendous for troops.
“The Naval Special Warfare family is deeply saddened by the loss of our teammate,” said Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group 2, which manages all Virginia-based Navy SEAL teams. “We extend our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and NSW community during this time of grieving.”
“As we mourn the loss and honor the memory of our fallen teammate, those he served with will continue to carry out the mission,” Capt. Smith added Sunday.
His body is to be returned to the United States early Tuesday.
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