1st Cavalry Division soldier shoots and kills a fellow soldier

First responders prepare the wounded for transport in waiting ambulances outside Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Processing Center after the mass shooting on Nov. 5, 2009. (U.S. Army photo/Jeramie Sivley)

By Andy Wolf

A Texas-based Soldier was reportedly shot and killed while wrestling for control of a handgun, authorities report.

Two Soldiers were driving on Interstate 14 near the base on January 27, when one became irrational during an argument.

“At some point during the altercation a pistol was brandished by the passenger who then shot the driver in the leg,” said Lieutenant Scott Rowe of the Nolanville Police Department. “The driver was able to gain control of the gun and shot and killed the passenger. The driver then drove his sedan off the road into the grass near the access road and called 911.”

The driver is currently listed in stable condition, Rowe said.

Both Soldiers belong to the 1st Cavalry Division, based out of Fort Cavazos, Texas [formerly Fort Hood].

The installation is known for its troubled history with crime and high-profile cases, such as the death of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén.

In 2009, a terrorist mass shooting took place at the installation. Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others.

“1st Cavalry Division is saddened at the news of an incident Saturday that resulted in the passing of one Soldier,” 1st Cav Division Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel “Kip” Patterson told Task & Purpose. “Another Soldier was discharged from the hospital to their unit. Our leaders are closely supporting the families and working with the authorities. The incident is under investigation.”

The Army Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the incident and has not released the identities of the two Soldiers, citing that the investigation is still ongoing.

According to Stars and Stripes, police have not interviewed the injured soldier who was driving to build a narrative of what led to the shooting.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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