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AWOL soldier dies after standoff

September 3, 2011

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— A Fort Riley soldier who did not show up for the second day of his court martial for raping a child died after a standoff with law enforcement officers.

Fort Riley officials say Sgt. Kirk Evenson died late Thursday at a hotel in Abilene.

Evenson had been reported absent without leave Tuesday when he did not show up for the court martial. He was convicted on Wednesday and sentenced to life without possibility of parole.

Fort Riley spokeswoman Lt. Col. Sophie Gainey says Evenson’s car was seen outside the Abilene hotel on Thursday. When officers arrived, a lengthy standoff began and Evenson.

Gainey says Evenson was shot when officers decided to enter the room and he “offered resistance.” Further details were not immediately available.

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Pywacket 2 years, 7 months ago

If he actually raped a child, this was the best possible ending to the story. Now the child and family can work on healing, without ever having to worry about whether this guy will somehow escape or return to inflict more harm. As a side benefit, taxpayers will not have to spend a fortune to keep him alive and healthy for decades.

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Jackie Jackasserson 2 years, 7 months ago

I have no idea why there are so many grammatical errors in this story!

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 7 months ago

I have no idea why a soldier, during a court martial where he's facing life, is not locked up.

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