In a tragic accident fueled by alcohol and Sunday night football, one man was fatally shot by his friend in the eye in an attempt to scare away the hiccups.
Police in Killeen, Texas have confirmed that Specialist Patrick Edward Meyers who is stationed at Fort Hood is being held on manslaughter charges after he pointed his gun at his hiccuping friend’s head and the weapon unexpectedly discharged.
The victim, who was also a soldier, but whose name was not immediately released died just after 11 p.m. on Sunday as paramedics attempted to air-lift him to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
An arrest affidavit says Myers apparently pointed a gun at the victim’s head to scare him and stop the hiccups. Myers allegedly thought the gun had dummy rounds when it discharged, shooting the victim in the eye.
Police received a call for the shooting at 10:04 p.m. When emergency personnel arrived, they found the victim bleeding profusely.
Emergency responders took him to Skylark Field, where he was to be airlifted to Scott & White Hospital in Temple; however, the man died en route. Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin pronounced him dead at 11:04 p.m.
Myers admitted shooting the victim, telling police it was an accident.
A Fort Hood spokesman Tuesday declined to release the name of the 22-year-old victim, pending notification of next of kin.