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Fort Bragg Major Murdered In Fayetteville Home

Posted July 23, 2002

— A murder investigation is under way after an Army officer from Fort Bragg was found shot to death in his Fayetteville home.

Special Operations Major David Shannon, 40, was found dead in his home around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police said he was found in a back bedroom and had been shot in the chest and head.

Police received the 911 call from Shannon's wife, Joan, around 3 a.m. to the home at 611 Galloway Drive.

Joan Shannon told police she woke to the sound of two gun shots and saw an intruder leaving the home.

Investigators would not say whether there were signs of forced entry into the home, but remained at the scene much of Tuesday collecting evidence and talking to the victim's family.

Police said Shannon was home with his wife and three children, and one of the children's friends at the time of the shooting.

The Special Operations soldier worked at USASOC headquarters on Fort Bragg.

Shannon's death is the fourth murder in two weeks involving a Fort Bragg soldier. Three soldiers are accused of killing their wives; Shannon is the first to become a victim.

Anyone with information about suspicious activity in the Cottonade subdivision early Tuesday is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department.


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