A US Army soldier stationed at Fort Bliss in Texas has been allegedly shot dead by his 13-year-old stepson with his own handgun, after police say the boy saw him assault his mother.
By Daniel Borunda El Paso Times
Sgt 1st Class Allan Edwards, 31, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds at La Mirada Apartments in the 10500 block of McCombs Street in El Paso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Edwards’ 13-year-old stepson was taken into custody and turned over to the Juvenile Probation Department, but he has yet to be charged in connection with his stepfather’s death.
He has not been named because he is a juvenile.
Investigators with the El Paso Police Department said that Edwards had assaulted the boy’s mother hours earlier away from home, and the teen witnessed the violence, reported KFOX14.
When the family returned home later that evening, and Edwards began arguing with his wife, her son grabbed the soldier’s gun and shot him, according to police.
Edwards, a native of Tennessee, joined the US Army in 2008 and had one combat deployment to Afghanistan. He had been at Fort Bliss since March 2014, reported El Paso Times.
Social media posts suggest that Edwards married his wife a year ago, and the newlywed couple welcomed a baby daughter last July.
No charges have been filed at this time but police say the investigation is ongoing.