Fort Bliss soldier shot after allegedly pointing handgun at military police

Posted at 1:14 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 14:14:10-04

FORT BLISS, TX — A Fort Bliss soldier was shot on base after allegedly pointing a handgun at military police.

Fort Bliss Department of Emergency Services Military Police say they responded shortly after midnight to a bystander report of a disturbance on base.

Upon arrival, the subject presented an armed direct threat to law enforcement by allegedly pointing a handgun at military police officers and was shot, according to officials.

The subject is a soldier assigned to the 1st Armored Division and is currently receiving medical care at an El Paso hospital.

The unit has been in contact with the subject's family.

No other personnel were injured.

Special Agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the incident and processing the scene and have recovered the subject's handgun.

"We regret to report the tragic event that occurred on Fort Bliss, Texas today. While we may not understand yet why the event occurred, we have confidence in our law enforcement to determine the facts of how this morning's event unfolded," Fort Bliss said in a press release. "The safety of our Fort Bliss community remains our top priority."