(WASHINGTON) — The death of a Navy SEAL commander in Afghanistan is being investigated as a possible suicide, military officials told ABC News on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Pentagon announced the death in Afghanistan of Navy Cmdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa. Price died Saturday of what a Defense Department press release described as “a non-combat related injury” while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.
Price was assigned as the commander of SEAL Team 4, a Naval Special Warfare unit based in Virginia Beach, Va.
The Pentagon release says Price’s death is under investigation.
Two military officials confirm to ABC News that Price’s death is being investigated as a possible suicide. One of the officials said Price was found on base with an apparent gunshot wound to his person.
SEAL Team 4 is one of the Navy’s eight Special Operations teams that routinely deploy to Afghanistan. Four are based on the West Coast and four on the East Coast.
The elite SEAL unit commonly referred to as Seal Team 6 is a separate unit. It is the most well-known of the Navy SEAL units because of its involvement in high-profile missions such as the one that killed Osama bin Laden.
Formally known as DEVGRU, an acronym for Naval Special Warfare Development Group, the unit is still most commonly known by its original name of SEAL Team 6.
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