EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Officials at Fort Bliss said the soldier who was injured in a shooting on post on Tuesday is a 20-year-old Hispanic male who arrived at Fort Bliss three weeks ago.
The soldier is a U.S. Army active duty infantryman who has been in the Army for nine months. He is at a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.
Lt. Col. Allie Payne, spokeswoman for the 1st Armored Division, said they are not sure of the motive or what happened prior to the disturbance call, but said the soldier called a ride-share company for a ride off post prior to the incident. When the driver arrived, the soldier was behaving erratically. Feeling unsafe, the driver asked a bystander to call military police, prompting the incident.
When five military police officers responded, the soldier pointed a handgun at them, prompting officers to shoot him, wounding him in the process.
An internal investigation is ongoing, but Payne confirmed that shots were fired on behalf of both parties. The soldier did not use a government-issued gun in the incident.
The investigation is being handled by the Criminal Investigation Command to determine if the use of deadly force was justified. Payne also mentioned that the officers involved were of varying ages, experience levels, genders and ethnicities.
“There’s no indication that there was any misconduct on the part of the responding officers at this time,” she said.
Payne said it is unknown what, if any, criminal charges will be brought against the soldier. That will be determined as part of the internal investigation.
A Fort Bliss soldier was shot on post by military police shortly after midnight Tuesday, according to Fort Bliss officials.
Fort Bliss Department of Emergency Services Military Police responded to a bystander report of a disturbance on post.
When officers arrived, a subject pointed a handgun at officers and was shot. The soldier’s handgun was recovered.
Officials said the subject was a soldier assigned to the 1st Armored Division. The soldier is currently receiving medical care at an El Paso hospital, according to officials.
The unit has been in contact with the soldier’s family.
No other personnel was injured. Special agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the incident and processing the scene.