CRESTVIEW, Fla. — Sheriff’s investigators say an Army paratrooper on leave from Iraq accidentally shot and killed himself while showing his family his new handgun.
Army Spc. Andrew Steven Faulkner, 21, died Friday in Crestview.
Investigators say he was showing his mother, aunt, young cousin and others a Glock .40 caliber handgun when he accidentally fired it into his chest while trying to remove the magazine from the weapon.
Faulkner had been on leave since November following a yearlong deployment with the 82nd Airborne Division to Iraq.