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Wash. soldier dead after accidental shooting

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Associated Press - April 12, 2009 4:15 PM ET

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Thurston County Sheriff's Office says a Fort Lewis soldier is dead after being accidentally shot in the head and killed by his wife in Olympia.

Lt. Chris Mealy of the sheriff's office told KOMO-TV the soldier was teaching his wife how to handle a handgun when he was shot early Sunday. Mealy told The Olympian that the semi-automatic handgun was the soldier's personal property.

Mealy says deputies were called at about 1:30 a.m. He says the soldier and his wife, both 25, had been out with friends before the shooting.

Mealy says after the couple got home, the soldier decided to teach his wife how to handle the handgun.

Mealy says the soldier's wife is not facing charges currently, but the sheriff's office is investigating the shooting. He says the soldier was scheduled to deployment soon. The couple's names were not released.

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