Franklin Rafael Aquilar – Fort Hood shooting (2015)

July 15, 2015 by PsychDrugShooters

Filed under Military-related violence

Last modified July 15, 2015


Franklin Rafael Aquilar (Fort Hood shooting, 2015) – allegedly shot and killed a woman in Killeen, Texas on January 17, 2015. Police found Aquilar, who was a staff sergeant in the National Guard, sitting in his vehicle in a McDonald’s parking lot in Del Rio with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, an injury he later died from. In 2012, Aquilar admitted to holding a gun against another female victim’s head, pulling the trigger three times. The weapon did not fire. He plead guilty to the crime in June 2012, but was only sentenced to three years deferred adjudication, meaning the conviction would be removed from his record upon completion of his probationary terms. While Aquilar lost his job as a federal security officer at Fort Hood, he was later picked up as a field artillery instructor with the National Guard. After completing his probation, Aquilar was required to undergo evaluations for post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury.

It’s unknown whether Aquilar was on prescription drugs, however; it’s important to note that American soldiers (both active and retired) are medicated more than ever before.

*In 2010, roughly 20 percent of service members were taking medications the military considered “high risk,” including anti-psychotics.