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Thursday, Mar 21 2013 01:51 PM

Soldiers kills himself during standoff


A soldier believed to have been suffering from mental problems possibly related to tours of duty in the Middle East shot and killed himself Thursday afternoon following a standoff with authorities.

Kern County sheriff's Sgt. Doug Wilson said Ben Smith, 33, of Golden Hills, committed suicide with a single shot just after 1 p.m., according to The Tehachapi News. Wilson had no other comment.

Scanner traffic had indicated Smith's home was on Black Oak Drive, the newspaper said.

- The Californian

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