Shaw AFB Airman found dead has been identified, likely a suicide

Senior Airman (then Airman 1st Class) Cody Flick installs a radio frequency amplifier on an an electronic countermeasure pod at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Aug. 26, 2013. Flick is a 379th Expeditionary Maintainence Squadron electronic countermeasure team member deployed from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., and an Orlando, Fla., native. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)

The Airman found dead in off-base housing outside of South Carolina’s Shaw Air Force Base has been identified, with authorities claiming the death was most likely a suicide.

24-year-old Senior Airman and Electronic Warfare Team member Cody Flick reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to investigation reports released by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

SCSO Deputies responded to the Flick residence after he called 911, speaking briefly before hanging up the phone.  Deputies found two suicide notes on the scene.

Stationed at Shaw AFB since 2011, Cody Flick was assigned to the 20th Component Maintenance Squadron.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Cody,” 20th CMS Commander Major Francis Schillinger said in a statement. “Cody was a valuable member of our team and part of our family. The loss of any one of our member is felt by each of us. Our most heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and fellow Airmen during this difficult time.”

The incident remains under investigation by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Editor’s note: Details that were originally reported, from a publicly released report from the Sumter County Sheriff , have been removed from this article at the request of the victim’s family. 

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