On Monday, a soldier assigned to Fort Bliss was accused of shooting a police officer in the leg as police officers responding to a call to his residence in El Paso.
Spc. Alexander E. Jeffrey allegedly opened fire through his front door as officers approached his home.
“Responding officers were met with a hail of gunfire through the front door of the residence as they attempted to make contact,” a police statement from the El Paso Police Department reads. “The officers began to retreat and take cover, however, a 1-year veteran officer was struck and suffered a bullet wound to the lower leg. He also sustained injuries to his forearm and ear.”
As the officers retreated, Jeffery continued to fire rounds at two officers, and an off-duty officer through a front window of his home.
El Paso Police says they did not return fire because the shots were fired from a weapon inside a closed residence.
“The officers did not have a visual of who was shooting at them, therefore, would not start firing indiscriminately into a residence,” a detective told the Army Times. “Officers are trained to have an identified target when shooting, which was not the case in this incident.”
After Jefferey surrendered to the police officers, he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Jeffery was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility and is being held on bonds totaling $125,000.
The officer who was injured underwent surgery for his injuries at a local hospital.
Jeffery enlisted in March 2016 and arrived at Fort Bliss in early 2017.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with combat device, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
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