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Marine transported to hospital for self-inflicted gunshot wound at Twentynine Palms base dies

A Marine who was transported to a Palm Springs hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a two-hour interaction with police at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms died on Tuesday, Capt. Nicole Plymale said. 

Plymale said the base’s police department received reports of shots fired around 6:30 a.m. Officers were dispatched to the scene and soon after “cordoned off” the suspect where the Marine was found on a remote hillside on the base.

Military police were communicating with the Marine when the person sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound around 8:30 a.m., Plymale said. No other injuries were reported and officers did not fire any shots during the incident.

Plymale confirmed the death on Tuesday evening. It was unclear when the Marine died. 

Officials would not say whether the initial shots were aimed at anyone for any reason, but added that the incident is under investigation.

A shelter-in-place order was given around 7 a.m. and was lifted around 9 a.m., when the gates to the base were reopened and staff arrived to work as normal, Plymale said. 

The U.S. Marines confirmed on Twitter that authorities were investigating reports of an active shooter on the base in a series of tweets starting around 8 a.m.

“Military police responded to reports of gunshots,” a second tweet said. ”We cannot confirm a suspect in custody at this time. More to follow.”

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