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Paralyzed Army vet bled from feet, found dead in wheelchair

GOOCHLAND, Va. (AP) — Virginia authorities are investigating the death of an Army veteran, paralyzed from the waist down, who was found early Monday in a wheelchair outside his apartment complex.

Paul Chisholm, 38, showed no signs of trauma other than to his feet, which apparently dragged under his wheelchair, leaving a trail of blood from his apartment, Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew said. The blood pooled outside other apartment doors, where he may have sought help.

A newspaper carrier found his body.

Chisholm’s mother said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was medically discharged after he was injured in Afghanistan, where he served with the 101st Airborne. After returning from Afghanistan, he was struck by a car, leaving him paralyzed from the upper chest down, Alice Farley said.

She described her son as a sweet, thoughtful person who played piano by ear, loved to fish and appreciated a good haircut.

“It’s a really tragic time for the family,” Farley told The Associated Press on Monday evening.

Army service records show he received six awards during just over two years of service.

Agnew said the sheriff’s office is not looking for any suspects. The medical examiner was working to determine how Chisholm died.

Farley said she had no idea what happened to Chisholm.

“It’s all speculation right now,” she said. “The family is waiting to hear, ourselves.”

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