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Colorado Springs Police charge Ft. Carson soldier with murder of fellow soldier

Posted at 6:15 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 19:16:21-05
Shakir Cook-Troynel was shot and killed in Colorado Springs on November 17, 2018. (Courtesy: KOAA)

COLORADO SPRINGS – The death of a Ft. Carson soldier in an off-post shooting is being handled by the Colorado Springs Police Department which has arrested a fellow soldier on a charge of second-degree murder.

Officers were called to the address to check out a report of a single gunshot.

Specialist Shakir Cook-Troynel, age 23, was found dead at Stratus Apartment complex in the 400 block of South Murray Blvd on Sunday.

Fellow soldier Private First Class Isaiah Towns, age 20, was arrested the same day. Police have not detailed if the men knew each other well outside of their military obligations.

According to Ft. Carson, Cook-Troynel is a native of Homestead, Florida. He enlisted in May 2015, serving as an Indirect Fire Infantryman. Earlier this year, he was assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and joined the unit on a deployment to Afghanistan from May to July of this year.

“He was instrumental in the success of the unit, and he made a lasting impact on our formation and everyone whose life he touched. Our most sincere condolences go out to the Cook-Troynel family,” said Lt. Col. Ryan D. Barnett, battalion commander, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1st SBCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Private First Class Isaiah Towns, served as a Signal Support Systems Specialist with the same unit. The Batesville, Mississippi native enlisted in the Army in late Spring of 2017.

Cook-Troynel’s death is the 31st homicide in Colorado Springs in 2018.