Soldier charged with manslaughter in death of fellow infantryman

A US Army Soldier is dead after his fellow Soldier mishandled a firearm while off-duty- and now the surviving Soldier has been charged with manslaughter.

The Fort Carson-based Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division were in off-post housing when 22-year-old Corporal William Garcia mishandled a firearm, fatally shooting Sergeant Alexis Sanchez.

In mere moments, Sanchez’s two-year-old son was without a father, and Garcia was soon taken into custody by the El Paso County authorities.

“Detectives learned that an acquaintance of the victim was handling a firearm inside the residence when the firearm discharged, striking the victim,” the Colorado Springs Police Department reported in a statement.

According to the Army Times, Garcia had reportedly shot Sanchez in the chest while he was playing video games.

Garcia, who deployed to Afghanistan with Sanchez in 2018, has been charged with manslaughter and is currently sitting in the county jail.

Born in Cuba, Sanchez joined the US Army in 2014, and had been at Fort Carson since 2017. His awards and decorations include: the Army Commendation Medal with “C” device, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO medal.

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  • Michael Swaney

    Michael is an Army veteran and the Director of Content for Bright Mountain Media LLC

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