Widow says Ranger killed self to avoid 9th tour



SEATTLE (AP) — The widow of an Army Ranger who served eight combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan says her husband killed himself to avoid a ninth deployment.

Ashley Joppa-Hagemann says Staff Sgt. Jared Hagemann was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan this month but he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and tried desperately to avoid redeployment. She says he shot himself June 28 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle.

Army spokesman Brian DeSantis says the Army hasn’t determined yet whether Hagemann committed suicide. He says two investigations are underway to determine how he died and the factors leading up to his death.

Hagemann’s widow says the military knew about his mental health problems but did not pay attention. The Army says his medical history is being reviewed as part of the investigation.