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Soldier from Elizabethton may have shot himself before crash

Staff Report • Mar 8, 2012 at 4:09 PM

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a Fort Huachuca (wah-CHOO'-kuh) soldier in southern Arizona may have accidentally shot himself before a rollover accident.

Officials at the Army base say 22-year-old Sgt. Jacob M. Honeycutt died Sunday night following a crash on Highway 92 in Sierra Vista.

But the Cochise County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Honeycutt had a single gunshot wound to the chest that appeared to be self-inflicted and two handguns were found in his car.

Sheriff's officials say Honeycutt was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the crash.

Base officials say Honeycutt was from Elizabethton, Tenn., and was training to become a Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial System Operator and assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment.

He entered the Army in July 2007 and is survived by his parents.