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Gunfire hit SEAL through vest gap

Feb. 2, 2008 - 02:06PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 2, 2008 - 02:06PM  |  
Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Shapoor Alexander Ghane Jr.
Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Shapoor Alexander Ghane Jr. (Navy)
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HERNANDO, Miss. A DeSoto County authorities say the bullet that killed a Navy SEAL during a training exercise struck him in the upper chest, even though he was wearing a bulletproof vest.

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HERNANDO, Miss. A DeSoto County authorities say the bullet that killed a Navy SEAL during a training exercise struck him in the upper chest, even though he was wearing a bulletproof vest.

"He was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was struck, but the bullet went through a gap in the vest and killed him," said Sheriff Bill Rasco said.

County Coroner Jeffery Pounders said the bullet first passed through a wall before striking the victim.

No one has been charged.

The Navy on Friday identified the SEAL as Petty Officer 2nd Class Shapoor Alexander Ghane Jr., 22, of Las Vegas.

Naval investigators are looking into the incident, which occurred Wednesday during a close-quarters combat training exercise at Mid-South Institute of Self-Defense Shooting in Lake Cormorant, near Walls in northwest Mississippi.

Ghane was pronounced dead after being taken via air ambulance to Elvis Presley Memorial Hospital.

Cmdr. Mark Blackson, who is heading the investigation for the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department, said Friday that some issues remain unresolved and he could not discuss them.

"I'm certain that the Navy intends to thoroughly investigate what happened in this instance and to take precautions that similar accidents not happen in the future," Blackson said.

Blackson said Navy SEALs "have used that facility (in Lake Cormorant) for many years in training very similar to that in which the young man was killed."

Ross Sanders, manager of the training facility, said earlier that the death was the first in the more-than-20-year history of the facility being used for training by the military and law enforcement agencies.

Ghane joined the Navy in June 2004 and entered SEAL training in November 2004 in Coronado, Calif. He joined the West Coast seal teams in June 2007.

"Our family is devastated at the sudden loss of Alexander," his family said in a statement released by the Navy. "We are proud of him, proud of all of his accomplishments and the man that he had become."

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