Fort Wainwright soldier arrested in fatal shooting

Anchorage Daily NewsJuly 23, 2012 

Fairbanks police arrested a Fort Wainwright soldier on Monday and charged him with second-degree murder in the gunshot death early Sunday of a fellow soldier, the Fairbanks News-Miner reported.

The Army on Monday identified the 19-year-old victim as Pvt. 2nd Class Jawuan D. Collins. His hometown wasn't available.

The News-Miner identified the accused soldier as Joshua Corona, 21.

Both soldiers were assigned to Fort Wainwright. Corona lived off base with his wife in South Fairbanks on 22nd Avenue near Cowles Street, the News-Miner said. The shooting took place in Corona's home and was witnessed by his wife, the newspaper said.

U.S. Army Alaska spokesman Chuck Canterbury said Monday that Collins was shot in the head shortly after midnight. Police were immediately called to the apartment by other residents there, the Army said. It took police only two minutes to reach the apartment, the Army said.

Police suspect that the fatal shot was fired from a .45-caliber handgun, the News-Miner reported.

Collins had been in the Army since January and had been stationed at Fort Wainwright since June. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

The Fairbanks Police Department and the Army's Criminal Investigation Detachment at Fort Wainwright are investigating the shooting.

Reach Michelle Theriault Boots at or 257-4344.

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