New details about the shooting that killed an Army Ranger at Camp Rilea National Guard base on Oregon’s coast were released by the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday.
The District Attorney’s Office said no charges will be filed against the soldier responsible for killing Spc. Devin James Kuhn in the base’s housing area. District attorney Josh Marquis said the soldier’s gun inadvertently fired while that soldier was practicing loading the firearm.
Kuhn, a member of Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, later died at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria after being struck by the soldier’s bullet.
“There is no indication that this was anything but a tragic accident,” Marquis said in a press release. “Any negligence did not rise to the level of criminal culpability and accordingly the investigation is closed.”
The Army has yet to finish their investigation, which could result in charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Kuhn served as an automatic rifleman and was once deployed to Afghanistan. In November of last year, he served as a pallbearer for a fellow Army Ranger, Randy Shockley, who died several days after a car accident.
During his Army career, Kuhn was awarded and decorated with the National Defense Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.
He is survived by his wife and parents.
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