U.S. Soldier Kills Commanding Officer Before Turning Gun on Himself

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A Fort Hood soldier shot to death his lieutenant during a confrontation at his off-base apartment Monday, then killed himself, police said.

The lieutenant and a staff sergeant went to the Army specialist's apartment, and a confrontation ensued. Killeen police officers responded to a call of a man with a gun, and they saw the specialist hit and then shoot the lieutenant as they arrived at the scene, Killeen police spokesman Carroll Smith said.

The officers returned fire, but the specialist shot himself in the head, Smith said. Police are still investigating what started the confrontation, she said.

Autopsies have been ordered on the lieutenant and the specialist. The staff sergeant was not injured.

The identities of the men and their unit were withheld pending notification of their families.

The unit is training currently and not scheduled to deploy for several months, said Maj. Jay Adams, a Fort Hood spokesman.

Killeen police are leading the investigation, but Fort Hood's criminal investigators are coordinating with them, Adams said.

Adams said it was too early to say whether there were any previous problems between the soldier and his superiors.

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