Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fort Wainwright Soldier Died "Showing Gun Wasn't Loaded"

Police: Soldier dies trying to show firearm wasn't loaded
Posted: February 3, 2016

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks police say an Army sergeant died when he unknowingly fired a loaded gun to his head when trying to show a friend the weapon wasn’t loaded.
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Police in a Tuesday statement say 25-year-old Sgt. Nathan Michael Higginbotham died early Sunday.

Police say Higginbotham had consumed alcohol and was a friend’s home in Fairbanks. He was in the process of confirming his .40 caliber Springfield XD was unloaded. Police initially said the gun was a 9 mm pistol.
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