Fort Lee, VA _ Fort Lee has released the name of the Soldier who died Monday following an incident at the Combined Arms Support Command headquarters building. She's identified as Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker, 33, a human resources specialist who'd been stationed at the post since December 2011.
The incident began at approximately 8:45 a.m. when Walker allegedly entered the building with a gun and then barricaded herself in an office. An alert was sounded across post and occupants of the building either evacuated or sheltered in place. The post was placed on lockdown for about an hour.
Fort Lee police responded within two minutes of the incident being reported and quickly established contact with the individual. During negotiations, the Soldier reportedly turned the weapon on herself. No other personnel were injured.
Walker’s hometown of record is Yonkers, N.Y. She served on active duty for nearly 14 years after enlisting in September 2000. Prior to Fort Lee, Walker served at Fort Devens, Mass., starting in 2010 and Fort Eustis starting in 2006, among other installations.
Her career included a 15-month combat tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007-2008. Her awards and decorations included three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, one Joint Meritorious Unit Award and four Army Good Conduct Medals.