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B.C.-based soldier confirmed as Canadian killed in live-fire exercise in Alberta

Last Updated Nov 1, 2020 at 10:38 pm PDT


A B.C.-based solider was killed in a training accident at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright in Alberta

Cpl. James Choi was 29 years old

The incident is under investigation

EDMONTON (NEWS 1130) — The Canadian soldier killed in a training accident at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright in eastern Alberta has been identified as B.C.-based Cpl. James Choi.

The Royal Westminster Regiment in New Westminster confirmed the soldier’s identity with NEWS 1130.

He was 29 years old.

In a statement, the regiment says Cpl. Choi was hurt during a live-fire training exercise called “Ex Spartan Ram.”

The regiment says the soldier was with the 3rd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry.

Choi was shot in the torso Friday night and was airlifted to Wainwright Medical Clinic.

Shortly after, he was moved again to Edmonton where he was admitted to Royal Alexandria Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries Saturday morning.

The circumstances surrounding his shooting remain unclear at this point.

The incident is under investigation, according to the Canadian Armed Forces.

“The Canadian Armed Forces mourns the loss of Cpl. James Choi. He represented Canada with honour, dedicating himself to his profession. We grieve alongside his family, friends and comrades,” says General Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff.

Choi’s death prompted condolences from across the country, including from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and National Defense Minister, Harjit Sajjan.

More information about Choi himself is expected to be forthcoming on Monday.

– With files from The Canadian Press