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Officers who exchanged fire with Bragg soldier identified

Posted January 17, 2012

— Police on Tuesday identified the two officers who exchanged gunfire with a Fort Bragg soldier late Friday during a four-hour standoff.

Officers James Tart, 41, and Timothy Trull, 44, have been placed on administrative duty, pending the outcome of a State Bureau of Investigation review of the incident.

Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer, 30, was in critical condition late Monday at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Authorities haven't said how he was injured.

Around 10 p.m. Friday, firefighters were called to Eisenhauer's apartment in the Austin Creek Apartments complex to investigate reports of smoke from his balcony. When firefighters couldn't get into the apartment, they called for backup.

Police officers arrived at the scene and that's when, they said, Eisenhauer fired multiple shots and then barricaded himself inside the third-floor apartment.

Residents were evacuated from the apartment building.

After four hours of trying to contact Eisenhauer, police called in a special team to take down the door with explosives. Eisenhauer was found injured on the kitchen floor.

He has been charged with 15 counts of attempted murder, six counts of felony assault on a law enforcement official with a firearm and nine counts of felony assault on a government official with a firearm.

Eisenhauer is assigned to Fort Bragg's Warrior Transition Battalion, which is for soldiers who have been physically or mentally wounded in combat.

A former comrade said Monday that Eisenhauer had become depressed in recent months after returning this past summer from his third deployment overseas and suffering a traumatic brain injury.

Tart has been with the Fayetteville Police Department since May 1995, while Trull was hired in December 2005. Both men are assigned to the Cross Creek District.


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  • awood2 Jan 18, 2012

    sad to hear of the reasons that probably lead to this diaster. I hope everything turns out ok for those involved

  • ElvisPresleyJr Jan 17, 2012

    I hope Tart and Trull are okay and can return to work sooner than later. So sad that any of these parties had to be involved in this deadly scenario. Hope the young man can get the help he needs. War is ugly and war can change a man in many ways. So many times, the men and women who leave, don't often come back the same. And let's not forget police officers who are involved in shootings as well. They'll need some counceling too.