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Suspect arrested in apparent stabbing death of airman on Guam

The Air Force identified the deceased as Airman 1st Class Bradley G. Hale, 20, who was deployed to Guam from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

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By WYATT OLSON | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 28, 2018

One person is in custody in connection with the apparent stabbing death of an airman at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

The Air Force identified the deceased as Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale, 20, who was deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

He was found unresponsive early Tuesday at a temporary lodging facility on the base and was declared dead at 3 a.m., an Air Force statement said.

“A subject is in custody, and the cause of death is currently under investigation,” the statement added.

First responders “saw a lot of blood at the scene and what appeared to be a stab wound on the victim,” Linda Card, director of public affairs at the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in Washington, D.C., told The Guam Daily Post.

The newspaper reported Wednesday that a medical examiner from the Office of Armed Forces Medical Examiner at Kadena Air Base, Japan, was expected to conduct an autopsy Friday at Naval Base Guam.

Dr. Aurelio Espinola, chief medical examiner, told the Post that Hale “had sustained stab wounds”; however, he had not yet seen the body.

The Air Force did not disclose any further information about the person in custody or the circumstances of the death.

“Our focus is on supporting the families, the affected unit, and our community,” Brig. Gen. Douglas Cox, 36th Wing commander, said in a statement. “This is a very difficult loss.”

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Andersen Air Force Base is one of two major U.S. military installations on the island territory of Guam.
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