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Fort Carson Soldier Killed In Training Accident Was Shot
The Fort Carson soldier killed early Wednesday during a training exercise on the Colorado Army post was fatally shot, Army officials said Thursday.
Spc. Matthew R. Turcotte was shot during a nighttime combined-arms, live-fire training exercise, according to a Fort Carson statement. He died about 2:30 a.m. after receiving extensive medical treatment.
Turcotte’s death was described as an accident, but the Army has launched an investigation into the incident, according to the statement.
Turcotte, 20, was an infantryman with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division from North Smithfield, Rhode Island, according to the Army. He joined the Army in August 2015 and had been assigned to Fort Carson since December of that year. He had served one deployment to Kosovo.
His brigade commander described him as “a tremendous soldier.”
“Our deepest condolences go out to Matthew Turcotte’s family on his tragic and unexpected passing,” Col. David Zinn, the 2nd Brigade’s commander, said in the statement.
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Editor's note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
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The exercise, from Oct. 15-17, will involve around 12,000 military personnel, as well as aircraft, including strategic nuclear bombers, surface ships and submarines, Russia's Ministry of Defense said in a statement.