Soldier from North Smithfield killed in live-fire exercise

Spc. Matthew Turcotte (U.S. Army)

The U.S. Army said Thursday that a 20-year-old soldier from North Smithfield was killed in a live-fire training exercise at Fort Carson, Colorado.

An Army news release said Spc. Matthew Turcotte was shot to death at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday during a combined armed live-fire exercise on the base.

Efforts to save him were unsuccessful.

"Our deepest condolences go out to Matthew Turcotte's family on his tragic and unexpected passing,” said Col. David Zinn, 2nd IBCT commander. "He exemplified commitment to our Army and selfless service to our Nation. Matthew was a tremendous Soldier who will be dearly and personally missed by the Warhorse Brigade Team."

Turcotte's death is under investigation.

Turcotte joined the Army in August 2015 and was deployed to Kosovo in 2016.

He was decorated with the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and other honors.

The Valley Breeze reported that Turcotte was a 2015 graduate of North Smithfield High School.

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