A 3rd Infantry Division soldier died Wednesday night from an apparent stabbing just hours after redeploying from Iraq. His name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
Army criminal investigators believe the stabbing may have resulted from a “domestic incident,” according to an e-mail from Fort Stewart Public Affairs.
“The soldier was seen bleeding and in distress near his barracks building around 9:30 p.m. (Wednesday) by a commercial delivery person who immediately called Fort Stewart police,” Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson said. “Fort Stewart Emergency Medical Services responded quickly and took the soldier to Winn Army Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”
The soldier had returned to Fort Stewart from a year-long deployment about 18 hours before the stabbing, Larson said. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the death, he said.
“The soldier’s name will be released as soon as next of kin notification is complete,” Larson said.
Groups ranging from 145-350 soldiers from the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team were welcomed home on Fort Stewart’s Cottrell Field earlier this week and more are expected to redeploy here this weekend.