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Shooting death of Army Ranger at Camp Rilea prompts investigation

Soldiers train at Camp Rilea in Oregon in October 2017. An Army Ranger was shot and killed at the training base, according to reports on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

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By SHANE DIXON KAVANAUGH | The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. (Tribune News Service) | Published: February 2, 2018

Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of an Army Ranger at an Oregon Coast training center, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

Deputies responded to a report of gunfire in the housing area of Camp Rilea near Warrenton about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the sheriff's office said.

A soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, who remains unidentified, was rushed to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, where he died, authorities said.

Investigators believe the shooting was accidental, authorities said.

Maj. Stephen Bomar, a spokesman for the Oregon Military Department, said the shooting did not occur during a training exercise.

Camp Rilea is the primary training facility for the Oregon National Guard.

The 2nd Battalion unit, based out of Fort Lewis, Washington, arrived Monday and will continue training exercises through Wednesday, Bomar said.

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