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Fort Bragg soldier faces charge related to wife's Christmas Eve death

Shaun Pinheiro-Pires

HOKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

By RACHAEL RILEY | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: January 16, 2020

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service ) — A Fort Bragg soldier is in custody on a charge connected to the death of his wife on Christmas Eve, authorities said.

Staff Sgt. Shaun Pinheiro-Pires, 25, was arrested Monday on a Hoke County Sheriff's Office warrant with an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Fort Bragg officials said Pinheiro-Pires, a soldier with the 321st Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Field Artillery Brigade, was detained at one of the installation's gates and turned over to the Sheriff's Office custody, after his warrant appeared on the security check system.

Pinheiro-Pires' first court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday, said Capt. S. Blakley, a spokesman for the Hoke County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to a report of a shooting at about 10 p.m. Christmas Eve on the 100 block of Huntley Drive, authorities said in a news release.

Emergency Medical Services personnel attempted life-saving efforts, but Pinheiro-Pires' wife, Hillary Pinheiro-Pires, was shortly pronounced dead at the scene, Blakley said.

"We're still following up with the investigation," he said Tuesday afternoon.

Because of the domestic charge, no bail was set before Pinheiro-Pires' first scheduled court appearance, Blakley said.


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