“Self-inflicted gunshot:” National Guard soldier takes own life at the border

Texas Military Department Soldiers, Airmen, and State Guardsmen guard the Texas-Mexico border as part of Operation Lonestar. The Texas Military Department is working with other Texas agencies to deter illegal entry and stop the trafficking of illicit substances into the United States. Photo by Sgt. JASON ARCHER

Alfredo Carbajal

The Dallas Morning News

(TNS)

A Texas National Guard serviceman working on the border as part of Operation Lone Star died of a self-inflicted gunshot, Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Tuesday.

Abbott asked Texas to pray for the soldier’s family.

“Cecilia and I are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of a soldier with the Texas National Guard. Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of the soldier,” he said in a statement. “Texas Rangers are leading the investigation, as the Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety coordinate with local law enforcement.”

Abbott also urged “any Texan who is in crisis… to seek help immediately from a family member, loved one, or a mental health service.”

The governor said mental health resources are offered to military members by the Texas Military Department and the state’s human and health services agency.

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