Official: Navy SEAL died of apparent suicide

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows Navy SEAL Cdr. Job W. Price. U.S. military officials are investigating the apparent suicide of Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa., who died Saturday of a non-combat-related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows Navy SEAL Cdr. Job W. Price. U.S. military officials are investigating the apparent suicide of Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa., who died Saturday of a non-combat-related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a Navy SEAL commander in Afghanistan.

Cmdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa., died Saturday of a gunshot wound to the head while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, a U.S. military official said Monday on condition of anonymity because the death is still under investigation.

The official said Price failed to show up for an appointment and was found when others went to check on him.

Price was from Virginia Beach, Va.-based SEAL Team 4, which is part of the mission to train Afghan local police to stave off the Taliban in remote parts of Afghanistan.

It was not immediately known when Price started his tour of duty in Afghanistan, though he had been in command of the team of 25 to 30 men since June 2011, the official said. He said Price had no immediately known professional or work problems other than the stresses of deployment, which can be tremendous for troops.

"The Naval Special Warfare family is deeply saddened by the loss of our teammate," said Capt. Robert Smith, Commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, which manages all Virginia-based Navy SEAL teams. "We extend our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and NSW community during this time of grieving."

"As we mourn the loss and honor the memory of our fallen teammate, those he served with will continue to carry out the mission," Smith added Sunday.

Price is survived by a wife and a daughter.

His body is to be returned to the United States early Tuesday.

Associated Press
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