Airman dies from gunshot wound, suspect arrested

4 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, May 10 2015 May 10, 2015 Sunday, May 10, 2015 5:49:00 PM CDT May 10, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press and Steven Anthony, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - A Senior Airman from Whiteman Air Force Base has died from a gunshot wound that he suffered Saturday. 

According to a press release from Whiteman, 22-year-old Senior Airman John J. Bottom died at a Kansas City hospital on Sunday. 

The shooting occurred at an off-base residence in Warrensburg. 

"We have lost a valued member of Team Whiteman," Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing commander said in the news release.

The Associated Press reported Sunday that a suspect was arrested in the shooting.

A press release from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office says the suspect was a "friend and acquaintance of the victim." 

Whiteman Air Force Base officials are assisting the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, who is leading the investigation. 

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