Police: Fort Hood soldier returned fire as others ran for cover
Killeen Daily Herald
Herald staff writer
July 4, 2016
One soldier was able to get to his vehicle and retrieved his personal .40 caliber handgun and he began firing as well, laying down what he described as ‘cover fire’ so that his fellow soldiers could reach cover.”
Several Fort Hood soldiers had to put their combat training to use during a Fourth of July shootout after police said the soldiers tried to break up a domestic disturbance at Prince Solms Park in New Braunfels early Monday.
New Braunfels Police Department officers arrived at the park about 1:30 a.m. after multiple shots were reportedly fired and began to investigate what happened, according to a news release.
“That investigation revealed that a total of seven soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, had arrived in the park shortly after 1 a.m.,” the news release said. “The soldiers explained to officers that shortly before 1:30 a.m. they had witnessed a disturbance between a male and female in the parking lot of the park, and they had intervened. The soldiers believed they had successfully de-escalated the situation and began to walk back to their vehicle.”
But the soldiers told police that after walking away, the female involved in the dispute ran back to her boyfriend’s car, retrieved a 9 mm handgun from under the driver’s seat and handed it to her boyfriend, who allegedly opened fire on the soldiers as they scattered for cover.
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