No criminal charges in fatal Camp Rilea shooting of soldier

By EVERTON BAILEY JR. | The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. | Published: March 1, 2018

WARRENTON, Ore. (Tribune News Service) — No criminal charges will be filed in the January fatal shooting of an Army soldier at an Oregon Coast training center, the Clatsop County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Spc. Devin Kuhn, 24, was shot during a training exercise in a barrack at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center in Warrenton on Jan. 31. Another soldier's gun inadvertently fired while that soldier was practicing loading the firearm, district attorney Josh Marquis said.

Kuhn died at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. He belonged to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. Kuhn, from Philadelphia, served as an automatic rifleman and was once deployed to Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Army.

"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 U.S. Army will be conducting its own investigation, according to Marquis.

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