An Army Ranger was killed last week during a live fire training exercise at Fort Lewis Army Base when he was accidentally shot by another...

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An Army Ranger was killed last week during a live fire training exercise at Fort Lewis Army Base when he was accidentally shot by another soldier.


Pfc. Devin K. Peguero, 20, of Chino Hills, Calif., died Dec. 16 after he was fatally shot during a training exercise at a firing range on post.


Peguero, an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was taken to Madigan Army Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, according to a statement issued by the Army.


More detailed information about the accident was not available today, but Army officials said the incident is under investigation.


According to military statistics, approximately 250 soldiers, sailors and airmen are killed accidentally each year in non-combat duty. Vehicle crashes and aviation accidents account for the majority of those accidental deaths, military experts said.


Peguero joined the Army in October 2003, completed One Station Unit Training as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Ga., and was a graduate of the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning.


He had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge.