Green Beret died during parachute training exercise in Suffolk, officials say

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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A member of the U.S. Army Special Forces died during a parachute training exercise in Suffolk on Wednesday. 

The West Virginia National Guard identified the soldier as 36-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Sheperty, a Green Beret who was living in Maryland but was a native of Virginia. 

Sheperty was assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group in Kingwood, West Virginia. 

Officials said first responders tried to save Sheperty, but he was pronounced dead on scene. It happened around 2 p.m. 

It’s not clear what led up to the accident.

It appeared training was still going on when 10 On Your Side arrived at the airport. We saw several rounds of parachutists jumping out of plane that appeared to take off from Skydive Suffolk.

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We also saw several men in military uniforms walking in and out of the skydive building, and they were also at another hangar at the airport. We spoke with someone off camera who appeared to be a Skydive Suffolk employee, and he said they were involved with training but could not comment further.

People we spoke to, who work and live near the airport, told 10 On Your Side military training is held there regularly but they haven’t heard of any previous accidents.

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