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Dyess AFB officials confirm identity of airman who died after standoff with APD

Dyess Air Force Base officials have confirmed the name of the airman who allegedly shot himself after a confrontation with police Nov. 30.
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DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The name of the airman who died Nov. 30, after a standoff with Abilene police has been confirmed by Dyess Air Force Base officials.

A release from the base's website said the man was Staff Sgt. Ryan Blair, 23, who was assigned to the 7th Component Maintenance Squadron.

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“This is a tragic occurrence for the Dyess community,” Col. Ed Sumangil, 7th Bomb Wing commander, said. “We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to Ryan’s family, friends and co-workers as we focus on supporting those affected by his loss.”

The release said Dyess AFB is working with local authorities and the Texas Rangers in an ongoing investigation into the incident.