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A South Korean guard was found dead inside a gate at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, Thursday, March 2, 2017.
A South Korean guard was found dead inside a gate at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, Thursday, March 2, 2017. (Courtesy of the U.S. Army)

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean security guard was found dead of an apparent suicide while on duty at Camp Red Cloud, officials said.

A colleague found the 57-year-old man with a bullet wound to the head inside the guard post around 1:20 a.m. Thursday, said a police official, speaking on condition of anonymity to release the details.

The guard apparently suffered from heavy debts and had left a note apologizing to his family for falling for a scam, the official said.

An ambulance rushed the security guard to St. Mary’s Hospital in Uijeongbu, where he was later pronounced dead, according to a statement by the garrison, which gave the man’s age as 56.

“The Korean National Police, assisted by the U.S. Army, are investigating the apparent suicide of a contracted security guard who is believed to have shot himself the morning of March 2 while on duty at Camp Red Cloud,” garrison spokesman Franklin Fisher said in an email.

The weapon used was a 9 mm pistol, he added. An autopsy by the local medical examiner was pending. The guard was part of a team, and the gate was never left unattended, Fisher said.

Camp Red Cloud, home to the 2nd Infantry Division, is in Uijeongbu is in a mountainous area north of Seoul. The gates at the base, as with other U.S. Army installations in South Korea, are guarded by private contractors.

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