29-year-old soldier dies during live-fire training incident at Canadian base
A Canadian soldier is dead following an incident at a training base in Alberta.
A release from the Government of Canada states that Corporal James Choi was shot and killed on Saturday while training at the Canadian Forces Base Wainwright.
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Choi, a member of the Royal Westminster Regiment based out of New Westminster, BC, received the gunshot wound during a live-fire training exercise.
“The Canadian Armed Forces, the Defence Team and Canadians are mourning the loss of one of our own, Cpl James Choi,” said Canada’s Minister of Defence, Harjit Sajjan, in the release.
“My heartfelt condolences are with his family, his friends and his fellow soldiers in the Royal Westminster Regiment and 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces will be there for his family during these difficult times as we grieve alongside you.”
The 29-year-old had joined Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry’s 3rd Battalion for fall continuation training focused on light infantry skills when the incident occurred.
The incident is now under investigation, according to the release.