February 13, 2017
One witness said Popek had returned to JBLM from a deployment five days earlier.
An Army Ranger assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord was arraigned Monday in Pierce County Superior Court, charged with shooting a fellow soldier in the neck Saturday in Parkland.
Spc. Thomas Patrick Popek, 22, faces one count of second-degree assault for the incident, which charging documents say left a JBLM soldier on life support with a bullet lodged in his neck.
The 23-year-old is in critical condition in an area hospital and unable to breathe on his own.
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