Fort Lee sergeant’s twin says suicide ‘came out of nowhere’

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YONKERS, NY -- The twin brother of the Fort Lee sergeant who shot herself to death says her death "came out of nowhere."

Paul Walker told The Daily Mail Thursday that his sister Paula was in good spirits when he spoke to her last week and said the 14-year veteran loved the military.

"I am devastated at the loss of my twin sister. This was totally unseen," Walker told the website. "I spoke to her a week ago and she was fine and in good spirits. I just don't know, you never know. You never know what's going on in a person’s mind. It doesn't make sense to me."

Walker also said that her family was not aware of any mental health issues.

He said Sergeant First Class Walker leaves behind an eight-year-old daughter who will now be cared for by their 61-year-old mother in Yonkers, New York.

The 33-year-old barricaded herself in a Fort Lee office Monday and then killed herself with a handgun that was not her service weapon.

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First responders were dispatched to Fort Lee post after a report of a female soldier with a gun inside the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters (Bldg. 5020) at 8:45 a.m.

Major General Stephen Lyons, the Commanding General of Combined Armed Support Command and Fort Lee, said that the soldier walked into a headquarters building with a small-caliber weapon.


As a result, an alert was sounded across the post all access gates on post were closed temporarily.

“Soldiers and civilians responded appropriately,” Lyons said. “They either sheltered in place or evacuated and notified law enforcement.”

Fort Lee police responded within two minutes and established communication with the solider, who had barricaded herself in an office on the third floor. Lyons said the negotiation team thought their work was progressing calmly until the woman turned the gun on herself and shot herself once in the head.

Lyons said it was unclear whether the solider was a threat to others.

“She did not fire any rounds prior to taking that weapon on herself,” Lyons said. “She did go into a bit of a rampage in the office area.”

Officials said special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the incident.

Depend on CBS 6 News and for complete coverage of this important local story. 


  • G W

    As of Thursday the Colors in front of CASCOM were flying at full mast. What ever happened to honoring the fallen? Shame on Ft Lee!

  • Becky

    Nope. Not buying it. Waiting…for the Truth, Proof, and Evidence.
    Media Productions is at it again, performing as always, and as usual; Presenting Their Slant,
    with their MO Human Interest Stories as their slanted facts. Solely meant manipulate feelings
    and emotions to elicit their intended objectives and elicited responses. Without Investigational Evidence or Facts, they are trying to paint a picture of currently “In” Mental Illness agendas.

  • Becky

    This woman’s Military Occupation Classification if apparently “Administration/Personnel Actions”; not front-line combat/combat arms. After her 15 months were served in 2007-2008, there was ample time for The Army Family to notice Mental Illness. (Did you know that civilian personnel volunteer for these assignments in war areas?) From appearances, the Army has since given her compassionate assignments, without military hardships, because she chose to be single parent.
    Bet her coworkers, immediate supervisor, and maybe eve second line supervisor have a clue why she was “enraged”. But military will shelter-in-place, because that would not be considered militarily
    protocol, allowed, or politically correct to dare acknowledge it, publically. Seems if this wasn’t intended to be to be a show, if could, would, should have been done privately, without unnecessary risk, threats, and emergency measures and tactics having to be implements for the public safety of any and all around her. Maybe it is more public “Enrage/Outrage” for more Media Publicity aligned
    with political favoritism.

  • Mia

    This story is horribly tragic and my heart goes out to the family, but is it possible to get SOLDIER spelled correctly by professional journalists??!!

  • Luv Life!

    I hope the daughter is offered counseling. I don’t think she will get her mother’s benefits, life insurance, etc., due to suicide. Most insurance companies don’t pay benefits if the cause of death was suicide. I hope and pray the family can get help with the funeral expenses, etc.

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