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Man Kills Himself at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery section 64

A man shot and killed himself this morning at Arlington National Cemetery, police confirmed.

"It appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Dustin Sternbeck, a spokesman for the Arlington County Police Department, said in a telephone interview with Military.com.

The victim's name and age hasn't been released, pending notification of next of kin, officials said. It wasn't immediately clear whether he was a military veteran.

A weapon of unknown make and model was retrieved from the scene, Sternbeck said. Paramedics determined the man to be dead on site, according to an article on ARLnow, a website based in Arlington, Virginia.

The incident occurred around 10 a.m. near the Columbarium Courts in Section 64 of the cemetery, according to Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Army's Criminal Investigation Command, the lead agency investigating the death. 

"We do not suspect foul play at this point in the investigation," Grey said in a statement. All indications are this is a tragic and isolated incident and there is no threat to the public or those visiting the cemetery, he added.

The location is in the same section as the Pentagon Monument, where remains of the victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon were buried, ARLnow reported.

More information will be released after the victim's next of kin are notified and the investigation is complete.

Military police and special agents, as well as Arlington County police, responded to the incident, with upwards of two dozen police cars and emergency rescue vehicles in the immediate area, officials said. 

(Story was updated with statement from Army spokesman beginning in the fifth paragraph.)

-- Brendan McGarry can be reached at brendan.mcgarry@monster.com

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