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Fort Bliss military police shoot soldier armed with handgun during disturbance

Military police vehicle at Fort Bliss, Texas. File art. (Daniel Borunda/El Paso Times/TNS)
September 16, 2020

Fort Bliss military police shot and wounded a soldier who allegedly pointed a handgun at officers during a confrontation early Tuesday on the Army post.

The shooting occurred after military police responded to a report of a disturbance just past midnight, Fort Bliss officials said in a statement.

“Upon arrival, the subject presented an armed direct threat to law enforcement by allegedly pointing a handgun at Military Police officers and was shot,” Fort Bliss said in a statement.

The soldier was assigned to the 1st Armored Division and was hospitalized at an El Paso hospital, officials said. No other injuries were reported.

The soldier’s handgun was recovered, authorities said. The soldier’s family has been notified.

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U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the incident. A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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