Report: 101st soldier’s training death preventable

Pfc. Kevin J. Rodriguez, an infantryman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), was fatally shot during a training exercise on Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 6, 2015. (Courtesy: Fort Campbell)

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – U.S. Army investigators have concluded that a 101st Airborne Division soldier’s death during a training exercise last year was preventable.

Citing Army documents, The Leaf-Chronicle of Clarksville reports that the fatal shooting of Spc. Kevin J. Rodriguez at Fort Campbell was preceded by a soldier’s failure to account for his possession of live ammunition and unit leaders’ failure to conduct brass and ammo checks.

Documents state that Rodriguez was participating in a blank-fire training exercise Oct. 6 when a soldier fired at Rodriguez. Two live rounds struck Rodriguez in his chest protector while a third struck his upper left arm and chest area and entered his heart, killing him.

The name of the soldier who killed Rodriguez was redacted in the documents, which were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

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