Soldier who died of gunshot in barracks was 25-year-old infantryman, Army says

Anchorage Daily News / adn.comDecember 26, 2012 

The soldier found dead in a barracks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Christmas morning was a 25-year-old private first class who'd been stationed here since September, the Army said on Wednesday.

Pfc. Grant W. Wise, of Fairport, N.Y., "was found in another soldier's barracks room with a single gunshot wound and declared deceased at approximately 7:45 a.m.," said a statement Wednesday from Lt. Col. William Coppernoll, a spokesman for the U.S. Army in Alaska.

The incident is under investigation by the Army's Criminal Investigation Detachment, Coppernoll said.

Details of the shooting remained unclear. An initial statement from the Army about the incident on Tuesday reported the soldier was found dead in his own barracks room. When asked about the discrepancy, Coppernoll said he thought the soldier was found in his own room when the original statement was issued, but said the soldier's unit clarified that he was in another room on Wednesday.

The incident was reported by another soldier, Coppernoll said.

Wise joined the Army in October 2011, attended basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., and service at Fort Bragg, N.C., before being assigned to Alaska in September as an infantryman with the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), Coppernoll said.

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