Alaska Soldier Killed During Live-Fire Training Exercise

FILE PHOTO -- Machine gunners resume firing on simulated enemy positions after successful employment of a mine-clearing line charge (MCLC) during live-fire assault training May 10, 2017 at Donnelly Training Area, Alaska. (U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Daniel Love)
FILE PHOTO -- Machine gunners resume firing on simulated enemy positions after successful employment of a mine-clearing line charge (MCLC) during live-fire assault training May 10, 2017 at Donnelly Training Area, Alaska. (U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Daniel Love)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Army is investigating the death of a 20-year-old soldier who was shot during a live-fire exercise in Alaska's interior.

Army officials in Alaska said Monday Spc. Nicholas Peter DiMona III died Saturday after he was shot during the early morning drill at the Donnelly Training area near Fort Greely.

Officials say medics at the scene provided care to DiMona. He was flown to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Spokesman John Pennell says the investigation includes looking at anyone responsible for firing the fatal round.

Pennell says the exercise is part of ongoing readiness training. He didn't know of any past similar deaths in Alaska during exercises.

DiMona, from Medford Lakes, New Jersey, was based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage. He joined the Army in 2017.

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