Trying to scare someone out of their hiccups? Be certain the gun really is unloaded!

Patrick Edward Myers

Fort Hood officials released the name of a soldier who was killed Sunday when a fellow soldier shot him in the face accidentally while trying to cure the man of hiccups.

Fort Hood officials identified the man as 22-year-old Pfc. Isaac Lawrence Young. Young was assigned to the 154th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command.

Young had been stationed at Fort Hood since September 2011. His home of record is Ash Grove, Mo.

Police arrested fellow soldier Spc. Patrick Edward Myers, 27, in connection with the shooting. Myers is charged with manslaughter and is currently being held in Bell County Jail with bail set at $1 million.

Myers is also a member of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command.

The shooting happened Sunday night…while the two were watching a football game and drinking alcohol.

Young got the hiccups, and in an attempt to scare him, Myers pointed a handgun at Young’s head. Believing the gun to be loaded with dummy rounds, Myers fired, he later told police.

Young was struck in the eye and died before reaching the hospital.

Some folks really can handle their booze. So they say.

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