KILLEEN -- A Fort Hood couple that died in a shooting incident Thursday were identified by the Killeen Police Department on Friday.
Dead are Sgt. Erin E. Edwards, 24, and her husband Sgt. William Edwards, 24, both of 2100 Wheeler Avenue in Killeen.
Capt. Michael Click, a spokesman for the Killeen Police Department, said based on an ongoing investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division the case is being treated as a murder-suicide.
Click said an investigation into the couples' recent relationship also continues but police are not prepared to release information in regard to it at this time.
Police said the shooting occurred about 8:55 a.m.
Officers responding to the scene found Ms. Edwards on the front porch of her home suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Backup officers arriving moments later discovered her husband lying in the parking lot of an apartment complex across the street with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
A handgun was recovered at the scene, said Capt. Jackie Dunn, commander of the Criminal Investigation Division.
Justice of the Peace Garland K. Potvin of Killeen pronounced death for Ms. Edwards at 9:36 a.m. and for her husband at 9:34 a.m. He ordered the bodies sent for autopsy.
Cecil Green, public affairs officers for III Corps at Fort Hood, said Sgt. Erin Edwards was attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Division. She worked as an administrative assistant there.
Ms. Edwards's military occupational specialty (MOS) was light-wheeled vehicle mechanic. She was born in Wellsville, New York, and listed her home of record as Shawville, Pa., Green said. She joined the Army in January 1999 and had been stationed at Fort Hood since January 2001.
Green said Sgt. William Edwards was attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division. His MOS was also light-wheeled vehicle mechanic and he worked in that capacity.
He said Edwards was born in Oakland, Calif., and listed his home of record as Silver Spring. He joined the Army in June 1998 and had been stationed at Fort Hood since August 1998.
Both soldiers had been deployed to Iraq, Green said. Ms. Edwards was deployed in 2003 and spent 12 months with Task Force Iron Horse. Her husband was deployed to Iraq earlier this year with Iron Horse and spent four months there.
People living in the neatly kept west Killeen neighborhood off Willow Springs Road near Fort Hood said they were dumbfounded by the event. They placed the number of shots fired as four occurring sometime between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Thursday.
Carolyn Smith, a neighbor directly to the east, said she had never heard gunfire before but knew instinctively that it was gunfire when she heard the shots Thursday. She said she looked out her front door and saw neighbors on the sidewalk across at the Willows Apartments staring in disbelief at her neighbor's house.
"I ran to the phone to dial 911," she said.
Ms. Smith said she had known the couple three years and they were as nice as anyone could meet.
She said Edwards was good at fixing things and often offered to help her with repairing things.
"They were estranged," said Ms. Smith. "He had not lived there with her for some time. He lived across the street at the Willows with his brother."
Apparently Edwards deployed to Iraq sometime after his wife, and then returned home before she did. Neighbors said Edwards talked excitedly about his wife returning home.
Ms. Smith said the two were deployed on several occasions but never at the same time. She said that might have brought stress into their marriage.
Ms. Smith said they had two children -- a four-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter. She said the children are staying with Ms. Edwards' mother in Pennsylvania.
"They were constantly being deployed and having to leave the children with her parents," said Ms. Smith.