Soldier from Mt. Pleasant accused in another soldier's death

Spc. Marshall D. Drake (Source: Army)
Spc. Marshall D. Drake (Source: Army)

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (WCSC) - A soldier from Mt. Pleasant is accused of fatally shooting another soldier in a military base in Alaska on Christmas Day.

According to United States Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel William Coppernoll, 23-year-old Specialist Marshall D. Drake, originally from Mt. Pleasant, has been accused in the death of 25-year-old Private First Class Grant Wise.

Wise was found wounded in another soldier's barracks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage on Dec. 25, according to Army officials. He was declared dead that morning a little before 8 a.m.

Drake, an infantryman, was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, and failure to obey regulations for shooting Wise.

Drake also wrongfully stored his personal firearm and ammunition in the barracks and failed to disclose and register the gun, Coppernoll said.

Coppernoll said he could not release further details about how the shooting happened.

Drake joined the Army in October 2009, graduated from Basic Training at Fort Benning, Ga., and was assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in March 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan from December 2011 to October 2012.

The case continues to be under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division.

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