COLORADO SPRINGS – The death of a Ft. Carson soldier in an off-post shooting is being handled as a homicide as a fellow soldier is accused of shooting the man when he caught him with his wife.
Specialist Shakir Cook-Troynel, age 23, was found dead at Stratus Apartment complex in the 400 block of South Murray Blvd on Sunday. Officers were called to the address to check out a report of a single gunshot.
News5 obtained the arrest affidavit for Isaiah Towns, who is accused of shooting and killing Specialist Shakir Cook-Troynel. The affidavit states that Towns went to the apartment because he believed that his wife was having an affair with the father of her child.
At about 2:00 a.m., Towns returned home to find his wife mostly naked and Specialist Shakir Cook-Troynel inside a closet.
According to the affidavit, Towns got into an argument with his wife, she pushed him and the gun went off with the bullet hitting Cook-Troynel, killing him.
Towns is charged with a single count of second-degree murder. He remains in jail.
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.