2 Fort Carson soldiers die in separate incidents

Posted at 11:01 AM, Aug 25, 2017

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Two soldiers stationed at Fort Carson have died in separate incidents this week.

The Army said Spc. Matthew R. Turcotte, 20, of North Smithfield, Rhode Island, was accidentally shot during an exercise using live ammunition at Fort Carson Wednesday morning. An investigation is underway.

Turcotte joined the Army in August 2015 and had deployed once, to Kosovo. He was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, part of the 4th Infantry Division based at Fort Carson.

The previous day, Sgt. Michael J. Martinez, 22, was found unresponsive at Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany, where he was serving a nine-month deployment. Martinez was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Military officials said the cause of Martinez’s death is unknown.

Martinez was originally from Norwalk, California. He’d been serving as a fire support specialist at Fort Carson since October. He was assigned to the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.