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Two Fatally Wounded At Air Force Base

Sun., June 16, 1996

A Navy enlisted woman and her husband, against whom she had obtained a protective court order, were killed by shotgun blasts early Saturday at nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md., in what investigators called an apparent murder-suicide.

A guard at the base also was wounded by a shotgun blast after responding to an emergency call.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Melissa Comfort apparently was killed by a shotgun blast fired by her estranged husband, Michael, who then took his own life, said a Navy spokesman, Lt. Karl Johnson.

He said the situation quickly escalated into violence when a shotgun blast from the home hit Airman 1st Class Michael Blagoue, one of two security officers responding to the call. Blagoue, who suffered wounds to his torso and face, was listed in stable condition at Andrews’ base hospital Saturday afternoon.

Johnson said backup security officers treated the call as a hostage situation when they learned that two young girls - ages 4 and 7 - and another female Navy officer, believed to be a friend of the slain woman, were also in the house.

After four hours of negotiations by phone and bullhorn, officers stormed the house and found the dead couple.

Johnson said the other woman and the children were not injured.

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