The instance an ‘Active-Duty Texas Soldier, Michael Leonard Moore, 35, Allegedly Admitted Shooting At Girlfriend ‘Multiple Times’ Following Argument’ Army Spc. Michael Leonard Moore was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with one count of first-degree murder for allegedly killing the 34-year-old woman during a domestic dispute, records reviewed by Law&Crime show.
According to a press release from the Killeen Police Department, officers at approximately 7:56 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19 responded to a 911 call in regards to a gunshot victim at a residence located in the 1100 block of Wales Drive.
First responders discovered a woman “in a pool of blood” inside the house who looked to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds when they arrived on the scene. At around 9:00 a.m., Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson declared her dead there and then. According to reports, she had been shot in the stomach, body, chest, and neck.
Johnson then gave the go-ahead for an autopsy to be conducted at Dallas’ Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences.
According to the police news release, “the preliminary investigation found that the victim and the suspect were involved in a domestic quarrel when he flashed a firearm and shot the victim.” “The suspect left the house and traveled to Fort Hood, where military police subsequently apprehended him. officials from the Killeen Police Department were notified, and they arrested the suspect and transported him to the Killeen City Jail.”
The Killeen Police Department Robbery-Homicide Unit presented the case to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, which in turn charged Moore with murder. Police say the victim’s name is being withheld until her next of kin can be located and notified.
According to a copy of a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Killeen Daily Herald, Moore initially told investigators that he shot his girlfriend after the two argued about ending their relationship. Moore reportedly claimed that she grabbed a knife and threatened him. He then claimed that he packed up some of his things and planned to leave the residence but instead went into the bedroom and sat down on the bed with a gun in his lap that was hidden by the comforter, the report said.
As Moore sat on the bed, he claimed that his girlfriend came into the bedroom and as she passed a television that was hanging on the wall, “Moore said he shot at her multiple times,” according to the Herald.
As she was lying on the floor in the bedroom, Moore allegedly told police, the suspect approached the victim and she exclaimed, “You shot me.” Moore then allegedly said that he “shot her again.”
Moore reportedly got in touch with a sergeant at Fort Hood following the incident and showed the other soldier his girlfriend’s body. Moore allegedly informed the sergeant that “it’s going to stay that way” and that only he and Moore’s mother were aware of what had occurred. Moore allegedly continued by declaring that he intended to drive his girlfriend’s body and “dispose of it.”
Moore is an active-duty soldier “assigned to the 68th Engineer Construction Company at Fort Hood,” according to a Fort Hood official, who “entered the Army in October 2019 and served as a repairer of pipe systems, plumbing fixtures, and equipment.”
On Wednesday, Justice of the Peace Johnson arraigned Moore. He is being detained at the Bell County Jail right now on a $1 million bond. Should he post bond, he will be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor.
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