PHOENIX (WNCN) – A man wanted for murdering his wife, a Fort Bragg soldier, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a Phoenix apartment Wednesday after a standoff with the FBI and local police, the FBI’s Shelley Lynch confirmed.
The FBI had been searching for Jason Earl Armstrong, Jr., 27, after charging him with the death of his wife, Spc. Iris Armstrong.
Iris Armstrong was murdered inside her apartment on the Fort Bragg Army Base in Fayetteville on July 1, authorities said. Spc. Armstrong wasn’t found until July 6.
According to the FBI, the bureau made contact with Armstrong in Phoenix Wednesday afternoon. He then ran from authorities and holed himself up in an apartment, local media and Phoenix police reported. Armstrong became involved in a standoff with the FBI and Phoenix police that lasted several hours.
When authorities finally entered the apartment, they found Jason Armstrong dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Spc. Armstrong was a human resources specialist assigned to the 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.
“Spc. Armstrong was an outstanding Soldier who was well-liked throughout the battalion and at Garrison Operations. She always had a smile on her face and her attitude and character epitomized what the Army looks for in our leaders,” said Lt. Col. Jeremy St. Laurent, commander of the 189th CSSB. “Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to her family, friends, and loved ones during this very difficult time.”
Armstrong joined the Army in Oct. 2012. She was assigned to the 82nd Abn. Div. Sustainment Brigade in April 2013.
“She was the sweetest person you could ever meet and a great Soldier. She always came to work with a smile on her face,” said Staff Sgt. Alisa Dunn-Reid. “She recently graduated the Basic Leader Course and was looking forward to progressing her career. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to serve with her.”
Armstrong’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.
The FBI had been offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Armstrong’s arrest.