Man dead in apparent murder-suicide a soldier, Fort Lee officials say
By THE (PETERSBURG, VA.) PROGRESS-INDEX Published: January 15, 2014
FORT LEE — A man suspected of killing his wife and then turning the gun on himself was a decorated Fort Lee soldier who had done several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Terrell D. Davidson, 38, was an Army first sergeant who had deployed to Iraq for three tours and one tour in Afghanistan, according to a statement from Fort Lee officials Tuesday.
Davidson was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the 12000 block of Mason Avenue around 9:15 p.m. Sunday, according to Chesterfield County police. Nearby, police found the body of the solider's wife, Nequia S. Davidson, 39. She died from a gunshot wound, police said.
Terrell Davidson entered active duty service in 1993 as an automated logistical specialist. He arrived at Fort Lee two years ago and served in a staff position as an instructor/writer. In November 2013, he was assigned as the senior noncommissioned officer in a 23rd Quartermaster Brigade training company.
Davidson deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and Iraq in 2003, 2004 and 2008.
His awards and decorations included the Bronze Star medal, five Army Commendation medals, five Army Achievement medals, six Army Good Conduct medals, two National Defense Service medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal, Global War on Terrorism Service medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbons, Combat Action Badge and Air Assault.
County police said in a media release that the Davidsons, both of the 8200 block of Seaview Drive, were pronounced dead at the scene. The couple lived approximately 10 miles from the scene.
Chesterfield County Police Capt. Chris Hensley said earlier that the initial call to police came from Terrell Davidson, who told police that he had shot and killed his wife. Davidson then allegedly turned the gun on himself.
Hensley added that the couple had a history of domestic issues before Sunday night's fatal violence.
He said the couple had children, who are safe and staying with relatives.
According to the statement from Fort Lee, the military chain of command is doing everything it can to support the family following the deaths.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Chesterfield County Police Department and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.