Ft. Carson Soldier Accidentally Shoots, Kills Fellow Soldier In Pueblo

By: Danielle Saar Email
By: Danielle Saar Email

Pueblo police say a 21-year-old former Fort Carson soldier, Spc. Richard Medina, was accidentally shot and killed Wednesday night, the same day he had been discharged from the Army.

According to police, the shooting happened at 10 p.m. at 3237 W. 18th street, the home of 26-year-old Antonio Alvarado. Alvarado, Medina and Medina's girlfriend were sitting in the kitchen as Alvarado was cleaning his handgun.

Witnesses say Alvarado was joking around and pointing the gun at Medina when it accidentally went off, fatally shooting Medina in the head.

Friends of the victim say Medina and Alvarado were best friends and this simply seems like a tragic accident.

Medina and his girlfriend were expecting their first child together.

Fort Carson officials say Medina had been assigned to the 112 Infantry Division.

Alvarado was also a Fort Carson soldier.

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  • by Roxana Medina Location: Lubbock, texas on Jun 11, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    I am Richard Medina's sister and today is 3 years since he was taken from my family and I. Their are still questions to what happened that night and we still havent got answers. But I will say this Ill just leave it up to God he knows what really happened.Yes i agree you are always suppose to treat your weapon as if it was loaded.Their were times when alvardo would always point the gun at ppl which was scary and because of his stupidity my nephews will grow up without their dad my niece without her uncle and my unborn child will never meet him.=,( My heart is forever broken.
  • by desiree Location: san angelo texas on Jan 8, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    ME and sabrina both have kids withing a week apart dna proven he has two beautiful sons richard and elias medina accidents happen but he left us both with great gifts the gifts of life
  • by Anonymous Location: PR on Jun 27, 2008 at 09:20 PM
    my but sense condolence to the family medina. alvarado you have a friend who supports to you. Puerto Rico
  • by Anonymous Location: colorado springs on Jun 27, 2008 at 03:55 AM
    accidents happen, i know is a tragic accident, and i know was a accident i know pretty close medina and alvarado they was the best couple friends that i have never seen in my life, they was so close like brothers, medina rest in peace, and alvarado you know you have the support of a lot of people including his family, god bless you buddy
  • by Sean Location: CS on Jun 16, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    Charges can be filed for stupidity Colleen, it's called involuntary manslaughter. This situation shows the proper recklessness with no intent to kill. This guy is lucky he is not in California where something like messing around with a gun shows proper indifference to human life to slap him with a felony murder charge rather than a misdemeanor manslaughter!
  • by Sean Location: CS on Jun 16, 2008 at 09:35 AM
  • by garay Location: ft carson on Jun 15, 2008 at 09:38 PM
    its sad to see my friend medina go like that, i was shocked when i saw the news. Thet were both my friends and i also spent my deployment with them both. they were too tight, they traveled together, i mean they were like brothers, nothing they did they did alone they were flesh and blood. ill always remember "chiquitin" as my little mighty mouse.. thats what i used to call him. may he rest in peace!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • by kitty Location: cs on Jun 15, 2008 at 02:35 PM
    I never said or alluded to anything about being corrupt, Colleen. But I think it is the responsibility of a gun owner to check his gun if it is loaded prior to cleaning it. Not doing that and pointing it at someone was a stupid act. Yea, some accidents are from that reason as well.
  • by teresa olivas Location: liberal, ks on Jun 15, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    Thank you all for your condolenses. Richard is my cousin and he will be missed by all. God only knows why things happen the why they do. All I know is "little richard" was a special person who touched many lives. Let this be a lesson to everyone, we never know what tomorrow will bring so live your life as if it was your last day and make sure you tell your loved ones how much you love them because tomorrow may be too late.
  • by Colleen Location: Pueblo on Jun 13, 2008 at 12:09 PM
    The Police Officers are trained to be able to detect if drugs or alcohol played a factor. It is a tragedy that a person's young life was taken from them. Thats the matter at hand. I don't think that charges can be filed for stupidity. There is a reason why it's called an accident. Not everyone is corrupt!
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