A Tragic Accident

Army Captain Christopher Peeples, an Aviation officer, was recently sentenced to four months in prison for failing to follow proper safety precautions at a Fort Campbell, Kentucky, weapons range. His negligence resulted in the death of a soldier.

A “stress shoot” range at Fort Campbell. Image Credit: SFC Jacob Connor/US Army

Nineteen-year-old Private Jeremy J. Wells died at approximately 1400 hours on August 1st, 2018, due to a training accident on the range being operated by Captain Peeples. He was treated immediately and evacuated to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, where he died of his injuries. No other soldiers were injured in the incident. Private Wells was an aircraft electrician in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

PVT Wells was posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal. Image Credit: fortcampbell-courier.com

Captain Peeples was found guilty of dereliction of duty by a court-martial on April 13th. They determined the captain failed to follow proper Army training precautions on the firearms training range he was operating. Court documents also showed that the officer failed to ensure appropriate medical care was available on ranges under his control during training and that his conduct was “likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm.”

To quote documents released by the court,