< /p> Illustrative photo – Training of Czech army recruits in the military area in Březina near Vyškov. The training center was visited on February 16 by Chief of the General Staff Josef Bečvář (not pictured).
Brno – The first-year student of the University of Defense in Brno, who died during tactical training in the Vyškov military area, did not have his weapon loaded with live ammunition or practice ammunition when he suffered a tragic accident. University spokesman Vladimír Šidla told ČTK today that a gunshot wound can therefore be ruled out. The case is being investigated by the Military Police, which has requested the preparation of an expert report.
The server iDNES.cz reported that while running with the machine gun, the young man tripped and the barrel of the weapon stuck into his neck and jaw. Despite the immediate help of instructors and doctors, he succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
“The investigation is still ongoing, but it is now clear that the tragic injury of a 1st-year student of the University of Defense occurred while moving on foot with weapons without ammunition. Therefore, no shots were fired,” the university said on Facebook.
Just in case from last week alerted Seznam Zprávy, according to which the incident happened while running with a rifle. According to Šidla, however, the shot did not occur. “Neither practice nor live ammunition was used during the tactical training, so injuries from firearms can be ruled out,” a university spokesman said without further details.
According to the spokesman, the death of a student is a huge tragedy for the University of Defense, its employees and students. “The accident of a promising young soldier hit everyone hard, especially the 1st year students who went through regular military training with him. The school management is in permanent contact with the family,” said Šidla.
The case is being investigated by the Military Police. “The police authority of the Military Police is obtaining the necessary documents and the necessary explanations and has requested the preparation of an expert opinion from the relevant authorities. Supervision over the observance of legality is carried out by the substantively and locally competent state prosecutor's office,” Military Police spokeswoman Kateřina Mlýnková said when asked by ČTK.
The University of Defense prepares future university professionals for the Czech army. It was established in 2004 by the merger of three institutions – the High Military School of the Ground Forces in Vyškov, the Military Academy in Brno and the Jan Evangelista Purkyně Military Medical Academy in Hradec Králové as a result of the reform of military higher education after the restructuring of the armed forces. It has around 1600 students.