Army: Soldier killed in Iraq died during ‘game’

Military prosecutors say a soldier from Massachusetts who died in Iraq was killed by his roommate during a game in which they tried to see how fast they could draw and aim their 9 mm pistols at the other, according to an Associated Press report.

Authorities say Sgt. Matthew Gallagher of Falmouth was shot in the head by Sgt. Brent McBride on June 26. Gallagher died a week before his 23rd birthday. 

The Cape Cod Times reports that the Army held a hearing Saturday at Fort Hood to determine what charges McBride should face. Both soldiers were with the 1st Cavalry Division.

McBride’s attorney called Gallagher’s death “a tragic accident.” The attorney said McBride and Gallagher were friends who often played the dangerous game and his client did not know his gun was loaded.


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