LARAMIE, Wyo. – A military sharpshooter accused of killing his estranged wife as she sang at a bar died Tuesday night after being found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, police said.
Wyoming Army National Guardsman David Munis was found by a search team shortly before 8 p.m. MDT and was flown to Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, where he was pronounced dead, said Cheyenne police Lt. Mark Munari.
Munis, 36, apparently shot himself as searchers closed in on him, Munari said.
Authorities had been looking for Munis, 36, in a canyon area north of Laramie near where his pickup was spotted late Monday. He was found in a trailer about 15 miles north of Laramie, near where police had been searching, Munari said.
Munis’ estranged wife, Robin Munis, 40, was singing with a classic-rock and country group at the Old Chicago restaurant and bar early Saturday when a bullet pierced a plate glass door and hit her in the head, killing her.
Munis was charged with first-degree murder earlier Tuesday.
The Munises were recently separated, and Robin Munis had contacted police just hours before the shooting to complain that he was making harassing calls to her cell phone.
A handwritten note of about six pages, addressed to “Everyone,” was found at Munis’ home, police said Tuesday. “I’m calling it a near-confession,” Cheyenne police Capt. Jeff Schulz said. “He does not come out and say, ‘I did it.’ ” The police spokesman would not give details.
Munis has been a member of the Wyoming Army National Guard since 2003, was previously in the Army and was a 2001 graduate of the Army Sniper School at Fort Benning, Ga., according to the National Guard.
Lt. Col. Kevin V. Arata, public affairs officer with the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, said he couldn’t determine from Munis’ military records if he was ever in combat.
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