West Virginia National Guardsman Dies in Parachute Training Exercise

Members of the Special Operations Detachment – Europe and Co. C, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), West Virginia National Guard, fill the sky with parachutes during static line and freefall operations Oct. 19, 2018, in Red House, Md. (National Guard photo by Bo Wriston)
Members of the Special Operations Detachment – Europe and Co. C, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), West Virginia National Guard, fill the sky with parachutes during static line and freefall operations Oct. 19, 2018, in Red House, Md. (National Guard photo by Bo Wriston)

SUFFOLK, Va. -- A West Virginia National Guardsman has died in military parachute training exercise at the Suffolk Executive Airport in Virginia.

The West Virginia National Guard issued a release about the Wednesday death that said a related press conference is scheduled for Thursday.

Suffolk police and first responders say they received a call about the injured parachutist Wednesday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said the release of the man's identity was pending notification of his next of kin.

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