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At Fort Hood Texas today a 1st Cavalry Division lieutenant was killed this morning by a soldier in his unit, who then turned the gun on himself.

Officers from the Killeen Police Department responded to a 911 call at 8:39 a.m., reporting that a soldier at 1807 N. 2nd St. #9 had a gun and was involved in a disturbance, according to information from Carroll Smith, a department spokeswoman.

A lieutenant and a staff sergeant were at the apartment to speak with the soldier, who Smith said was a specialist.

Smith said that the lieutenant or the staff sergeant made the 911 call after a confrontation ensued and a gun was seen.

As officers arrived at the scene, they saw the specialist hit the lieutenant and shoot him, Smith said. Officers returned fire and the specialist put the gun to his head and shot himself, according to the report.

The staff sergeant was not injured in the incident nor were any police officers, Smith said.

Neither Fort Hood nor KPD released the names of the soldiers involved, but Smith did say that all three were in the same unit.

One of the men had on an Army uniform with a 1st Cavalry patch on the left shoulder, a witness said. He appeared to be white or light-skinned Hispanic.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the lieutenant dead at 9:50 a.m. and the specialist at 9:51 a.m. The specialist lived in the Monaghan apartment complex in a second-story apartment. The shooting took place on the building's balcony.

Officials believe that the specialist lived alone in the apartment, Smith said. Investigators from KPD and Criminal Investigation Division from Fort Hood were at the scene. Because officers discharged their weapons, officials from the District Attorney's office were there, too, Smith said.

Officials aren't saying how many shots were fired, but witnesses in the area at the time of the incident said they heard anywhere from 20 to 40 shots.

Another witness, who asked that he not be named, said that the lieutenant was standing between the specialist and staff sergeant when he was shot. The specialist was out of control and screaming as police arrived, the witness added.

Police warned the specialist twice, the witness said. The specialist then pointed his gun at police and fired a shot before officers opened fire, the witness went on to say. He said the specialist was shot a few times before turning the gun on himself.
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