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Soldier found in stairwell at Fort Sam Houston likely killed, officials say

SAN ANTONIO — A soldier found in the stairwell of his barracks at Fort Sam Houston during the weekend likely was killed, military officials said.

The Army said that Spc. Ian Patrick Morgan, 28, was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center early Sunday, where he was pronounced dead.

Although U.S. Army North and investigators haven't said how they think the man died, and have ordered an autopsy, a person familiar with the incident said “we do have suspicion” that he was killed. An autopsy is being performed.

“Absolutely, yes, we think there was something going on,” he said Monday.

If the case is a slaying, it would be the first one in years, if not decades, at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. No one at the post, long a home for Army combat medic training and in recent years a joint training facility for enlisted troops, could recall anything like it in at least 20 years and perhaps much longer.

The post has said it wasn't releasing other information “to protect the integrity of the investigation.” It is typical of the Army's Criminal Investigation Command to withhold information in murders and other serious crimes, but Army North's commander expressed concern over the death.

“The community here at Fort Sam Houston is saddened by the death of Specialist Morgan,” said Lt. Gen. Perry L. Wiggins, who also is senior commander of Fort Sam and Camp Bullis. “We've lost a member of our Army. On behalf of all the men and women who serve here, our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with his family at this time.”

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