A fatal shooting concludes a drunken evening among two Fort Wainwright soldiers involved in a private war of their own.
Joshua Jordan Corona, a Fort Wainwright soldier has been charged with murder following the fatal shooting death of Jawaun Collins, a fellow soldier. Following the shooting, Corona informed police officers that he was under the impression that the gun was not loaded.
As recent as Wednesday, July 25, twenty-one year old Corona was being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center without bail. It is alleged that Corona shot and killed nineteen year old Jawaun Collins. Corona is now facing second-degree murder.
According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Corona reported the death and shooting of Collins. However, Corona and his wife initially informed authorities that Collins died of a self-inflicted shooting wound.
Police officers learned otherwise as they spoke with two witnesses who were present at the Fairbanks apartment building where Collins lost his life. The witnesses allege that Corona placed a loaded pistol to the head of Collins and then pulled the trigger.
Although, when Corona put the gun to Collin’s head, Collins allegedly exclaimed to Corona that Collins should just pull the trigger, according to police.
Furthermore, both witnesses allegedly revealed to police officers that before pulling the trigger, Collins seemed to be clearing a jam from the pistol. Meanwhile, one witness said that Corona may have removed the magazine from the gun.
The criminal complaint filed against Corona states that he informed authorities that he did shoot Collins, but he thought the pistol was empty, and not loaded.
Moreover, Corona’s wife revealed to police that she lied about Collin’s accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Among the five individuals in the apartment the evening of the shooting she was the only individual who was not drinking alcohol, as she pointed out. She told police that she witnessed Collins tell Corona to shoot him when the two men re-emerged from the bedroom.
Also, she allegedly saw Collins get down on his knees, just as she saw Corona unload a round from the pistol and then shot a bullet into the head of Collins. She went on to reveal that her husband, Corona, did not realize the gun was loaded as he pulled the trigger. Following the fatal shooting she used a towel to pick up the pistol and remove the magazine.
Court documents reveal that Corona informed police officers that at the time of the shooting he was very intoxicated and was not aware the gun was loaded. He also remembered clearing a jam from the gun.
As the magistrate read the charges to Corona he began crying and sobbing.
Original article: www.adn.com
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