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Army sergeant dead after fight

Members of a Victoria-based reserve army unit are mourning 47-year-old Sergeant Ronald Milburn who died on Sunday, after a fight with another sergeant.

Members of a Victoria-based reserve army unit are mourning 47-year-old Sergeant Ronald Milburn who died on Sunday, after a fight with another sergeant.

Sgt. Milburn had hosted a black-tie dinner for members of the Canadian Scottish Regiment at the Bay Street Armoury on Saturday night.

His commanding officer, Major Bruce Allan, says Milburn and the other sergeant went outside and fought at about 4:00 a.m.

Allan says Milburn and the other man were friends. He says both men are being mourned by fellow reservists.

"I liken it to being a father and having two sons who have been involved in a fight. Members of the family are grieving. They're concerned for Sgt. Milburn's family and they are concerned about the other member and his family," he says. "It's a terribly, terribly sad situation."

So far, no charges have been laid.

The armoury's neighbours says they've been subjected to noisy partygoers on a regular basis. The military police have attended incidents at the armoury three times in the past three months.

Major Allan says he's put parking lot patrols in place, and has issued warnings to revellers. He says there have been fights in the past, but nothing that has ended so tragically.

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