Active-duty Airman, who was also Marine combat vet, shot and killed outside base

32-year-old Airman Ryan Apollo Morgan. (Facebook)

A 32-year-old Airman, who was also a Marine Corps veteran, was shot and killed in Goldsboro, North Carolina early Sunday morning.

Ryan Apollo Morgan had been assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force base -located in Goldsboro- for around three years, according to ABC11.

Police officers were called to respond to the shooting at around 2:30 A.M., finding Morgan wounded from gunfire.  Morgan was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro but did not survive.

According to the police incident report, Morgan was out with his brother early Sunday morning and may have been “under the influence” at the time of the shooting.

His brother told ABC11, Morgan was a sergeant in the Marine Corps, completing three deployments to  Iraq, before serving in the Air Force for the last nine years.

The Alabama native was assigned to the 4th contacting squadron, which is responsible for managing the contracts carried out at Seymour Johnson, according to WRAL.

“Tragedy can happen at any time whether you are deployed or at home station,” said Colonel Christopher Sage, a 4th fighter wing commander. “However, no matter the location or type of incident that occurs, the Seymour Johnson AFB family will stay strong in our support of friends and family suffering through this loss.”

The incident is under a joint investigation by the Goldsboro Police Department and the Air Force Office of Special Investigation. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers, which is offering a $1,000 reward, at 919-735-2255.

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