Soldier shot during army training

A soldier who survived Afghanistan has been shot dead on an army range during training in Pembrokeshire.

21-year-old Ranger Michael Maguire, 21, was hit by a stray bullet during an exercise at the Castlemartin range.

His Company Commander, Major Richard Bell said:

He was one of our very best, his loss has devastated everyone who knew him.

Michael was always going to stand out from the crowd, not only because he stood a towering 6’ 7’’ tall, but because of his vastly cheerful outlook on life, natural charisma and irrepressible good humour."All of this ensured that he was extremely popular throughout the company and his loss is keenly felt."

– Company Commander, Major Richard Bell

Ranger Maguire joined the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment on 10 May, 2010, and was sent to Afghanistan four months later. His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Colin Weir said:

It is with regret that we can confirm that on May 2, 2012, Ranger Michael Maguire died at the Castlemartin Ranges.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.The matter is subject to a civil police investigation and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further whilst this is ongoing.The entire Battalion is deeply shocked by this tragic event.All our thoughts and prayers are with Ranger Maguire’s family at this difficult time.He was a deeply professional and likeable young man and will be sorely missed."

– Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Colin Weir

Dyfed Powys Police confirmed they were investigating the shooting and the coroner has been informed.