Fort Hood soldier found shot in the head inside burning car, police say

PFC Brandon Rosecrans
Photo credit Fort Hood

The Harker Heights Police Department in Texas is investigating the suspected murder of a Fort Hood soldier. Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans, 27, was found when law enforcement was called to investigate a vehicle fire. Rosecrans was found inside the vehicle with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. 

The vehicle has been identified as Rosecrans's 2016 Jeep. The Harker Heights Fire and Police Departments are conducting the ongoing investigation together -- investigating both suspected arson and suspected murder. U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is also now involved.

Rosecrans was discovered miles away from Fort Hood, where he was assigned to the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. After joining the Army in May of 2018, Rosecrans joined 3ABCT in November of 2018. His home of record is listed as Kimberling City, Missouri.

"Command Sgt. Maj.  Ryan McLane and I would like to express our deepest regrets to the family and loved ones of Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans, commander of 3ABCT Col. Kevin Capra said in a statement. "The thoughts and prayers of the Soldiers of 215th Brigade Support Battalion and the Greywolf Brigade are with them during this difficult time."

The Harker Heights Police Department is asking anyone with pertinent information to come forward with the promise that all information disclosed is confidential and anonymous. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest could be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in a cash reward. 


Reach Elizabeth Howe on Twitter @ECBHowe.
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