A 22-year-old Fort Hood, Texas, soldier was shot in the face and died after what prosecutors say was an attempt by a fellow soldier to cure the victim’s hiccups.
Patrick Edward Myers, of Spartansburg, S.C., was charged with manslaughter in the case and remains in the Bell County Jail on $1 million bond, according to a news release from the Killeen, Texas, police.
Police say three men were inside a Killeen residence Sunday night watching a football game and drinking when one of the men produced a handgun, handled it in an “unsafe manner,” and shot the victim in the face.
An arrest affidavit obtained by the Associated Press said Myers apparently pointed a gun at the victim’s head to scare him and stop the hiccups. Myers allegedly thought the gun had dummy rounds when it discharged.
The victim was being taken by ambulance to an airfield for transport to a hospital when he died.
After a review by the Bell County District Attorney, Myers was charged with manslaughter.
A Fort Hood spokesman on Tuesday declined to release the name of the victim, saying relatives had to be notified.
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