Army investigates shooting death of soldier from Middletown

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Army officials say a 21-year-old soldier from Pennsylvania died of a gunshot in his Alaska barracks.

Spc. Mason Guckavan, of Middletown, died Oct. 26 at Fort Wainwright, near Fairbanks.

The death was announced Thursday.

The Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the incident. It has not been determined whether the firearm was discharged intentionally or accidentally.

U.S. Army Alaska spokesman John Pennell said other people were in the barracks but it’s unclear if any witnessed the shooting.

Guckavan was an infantryman with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. He joined the Army in August 2016 and completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. 

“Specialist Guckavan was a key member for the Bobcat Battalion over the past two years. He was a dedicated and loyal soldier, committed to the mission,” Lt. Col. Sonny Rosales, commander of the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, said in a statement.

“We are devastated he is no longer with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, our priority right now is to take care of them, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time.”

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