Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale (Fort Bragg photo)
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (July 2, 2012)--Military officials have identified the battlefield surveillance unit leader who was killed by a fellow soldier during a safety briefing at Fort Bragg, N.C. as Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale, 42, of Alvin.
Tisdale, died immediately after he was shot Thursday.
The soldier who shot him then turned the gun on himself and later died, the military said Monday.
Tisdale took command of the 525th Brigade Special Troops Battalion when it was activated in January.
He was commissioned as an infantry officer after he graduated in 1993 from Texas A&M University.
His awards and decorations included the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
His previous assignments included the 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Brigade and 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Brigade, Fort Benning, Ga.; 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment and the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La.; and 1st Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, and the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg.
Special agents from the Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the shooting.
A third soldier, Spc. Michael E. Latham, 22, of Vacaville, Calif., was wounded in the shooting.
He has since been released from the hospital.
The gunman, Spc. Ricky G. Elder of Hutchinson, Kan., died Friday, the military said Monday.
A statement from Fort Bragg said Elder was recently charged with larceny of a toolkit valued at $1,700 and was awaiting court-martial at the time of the shooting.
Elder enlisted in the Army in 2004.
He deployed to Iraq from October 2006 to November 2007 and to Afghanistan from September 2010 to July 2011.