Monday, March 12, 2007

Soldier Charged

Shilo Soldier Charged in Death of Master Corporal Jeffrey Walsh
Department of National Defence

Master Cpl. Jeffrey Scott Walsh

On August 9th, Canadian soldier Master Cpl. Jeffrey Scott Walsh, based out of Shilo, Manitoba with the second battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) was killed in Afghanistan after being accidentally shot by a fellow Canadian soldier about noon that day. This was just days after arriving in Kandahar to begin his tour of duty.

Walsh was conducting routine operations along Highway One near the Zhari district centre, about 20 km west of Kandahar city, when the accident occurred.He had arrived in Kandahar less than a week before as part of a month-long relief-in-place operation that would see the new rotation replace more than 2,000 troops returning to Canada.Lt.-Col. Brian Irwin, chief of staff for Task Force Afghanistan said Canadian soldiers come to Afghanistan only after receiving the best possible training and come outfitted with the "best possible" weapons and equipment. "In a theatre like this, though, there is always a small degree or margin for error," he said. "Regrettably, in this incident it appears that there was an accident and certainly appears that that margin of error may have been crossed."
Today, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged a soldier stationed at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, today, in relation to the shooting.
MCpl Robbie Fraser, of the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regiment (PPCLI), was charged with one count of Manslaughter, contrary to Section 130 of the National Defence Act, pursuant to Section 236 of the Criminal Code, and one count of Negligent Performance of Duty, contrary to Section 124 of the National Defence Act.The CFNIS is an independent Military Police unit with a mandate to investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to National Defence property, DND employees and CF personnel serving in Canada and abroad.
To view Walsh's Memoriam:

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