U.S. Army soldier killed from accidental discharge at Oregon base

Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers fine tune their rifle sights prior to the marksmanship portion of the Best Warrior Challenge at Camp Rilea March 17, 2017. (Oregon/Department of Defense)

Clatsop County, OR – A U.S. Army soldier was killed during an accidental shooting at an Army training facility on Wednesday.

The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office says the soldier died around 6:30 p.m. at Camp Rilea.

Soldiers from a regular Army unit, who were conducting training at the camp, reported a gunshot discharge in the housing area, according to KOIN.

Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center is the primary training facility for the Oregon National Guard and houses a live-fire range on the Oregon coast. But the camp has been used by a variety of Law enforcement and military. In the last few months, U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Coast Guard, and even the People’s Liberation Army (China) trained at the camp.

The Associated Press reports the soldier died in the emergency room at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria.

The soldier’s identity has not been released.

Both federal and state authorities share joint jurisdiction over the base and incidents that occur there, according to KOIN.

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