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CAF member fatally shot during exercise at CFB Wainwright

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces died Saturday after an incident during a live-fire exercise at CFB Wainwright.

Officials say that the soldier was injured during the live-fire exercise around 10 PM Friday night. He was airlifted from a Wainwright hospital to Edmonton but succumbed to his injuries the next morning, according to information released by the Canadian Armed Forces.

A name or age of the solider has not been released, and won’t be until next of kin have been notified. According to information confirmed by Global News, the Third Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry was on exercise at CFB Wainwright.

Global also learned that the soldier killed was a reservist attached to the battalion for the exercise. He was officially attached to the Royal Westminster Regiment.

In the meantime, the live-fire exercise the solider was participating in has been suspended, and an investigation is underway.

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Public condolences were offered online both by Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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