|Death: ||Jul. 20, 2010, Afghanistan|
Charles Buckman, 39, a former Lawton, Oklahoma police officer was killed Tuesday after the shooter, a suspected Afghan army trainer, turned his weapon during a training exercise at a shooting range.
The shooter also died in the incident, and two other service members one Afghan and the other a member of international coalition forces were wounded, a statement from NATO‘s International Security Assistance Force said.
Few details were immediately available, and NATO officials said they had started a joint investigation into the incident with the Afghan Ministry of Defense. The incident occurred during routine weapons proficiency training at Camp Shaheen, the statement said. The shooter is believed to be an Afghan army trainer assigned to Camp Shaheen.
The name of the contractor that provided the U.S. trainers was also not disclosed.
"He was a very good officer," LPD Chief Ronnie Smith said. "He knew what he was doing."
"Sometimes, all the training in the world still can't prepare you for the unexpected," he said.
Smith said Buckman had earned the rank of master officer before resigning in November to take the position overseas. Buckman served the LPD for 6-years. He was a member of the department's tactical team and its gang unit. Buckman also served as firearms instructor, Smith said.
Buckman had been working as a training officer at the Regional Military Training Center‘s eight-week Afghan army basic training course at Camp Shaheen. Across the country, about 20,000 Afghan National Army trainees are currently involved in such a course, NATO officials stated.
Buckman is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
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Record added: Jul 22, 2010
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