Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012
KILLEEN, Texas (AP) -- One Central Texas soldier has been charged with killing another in gunfire while allegedly trying to help cure the victim's hiccups.
Killeen police say the Fort Hood soldiers were drinking alcohol and watching football when the incident happened Sunday night.
An arrest affidavit says Spc. Patrick Edward Myers of Spartanburg, S.C., apparently pointed a gun at the victim's head to scare him and stop the hiccups. Myers allegedly thought the gun had dummy rounds when it discharged.
Bell County Jail records show Myers was being held Tuesday on a manslaughter charge with bond set at $1 million. Online jail records did not list an attorney for Myers.
A Fort Hood spokesman Tuesday declined to release the name of the 22-year-old victim, pending notification of next of kin.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)