KILLEEN (September 24, 2012)--Patrick Edward Myers, 27, whom police identified as a Fort Hood soldier, was charged with manslaughter Monday in the shooting death of another soldier with whom he and a third man were watching a football game late Sunday night.
The victim, Pfc. Isaac Lawrence Young, 22, of Ash Grove, Mo., died just after 11 p.m. Sunday while paramedics were taking him to Skylark Airport to meet a helicopter that was to have flown him to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
Officers were dispatched in response to a report of the shooting just after 10 p.m. Sunday at 2807 Cantabrian #B.
A preliminary investigation showed that the three men were watching the game and drinking alcohol when one of the men produced a handgun with which he intended to scare Young, who had the hiccups.
An arrest affidavit says Myers who evidently thought the gun was loaded with dummy rounds, was pointing the gun at the victim's head when it discharged.
The shot struck the victim in the face, police said.
Myers was in the Killeen City Jail Monday awaiting transfer to the Bell County Jail.
His bond was set at $1 million.
Young joined the Army in May 2011, arrived at Fort Hood in October 2011, and at the time of his death was assigned to the 154th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).