Army drill sergeant found fatally shot multiple times while on holiday leave in San Antonio, Texas on New Year’s day
Sgt. Jessica Mitchell, 30, was discovered inside her car with multiple gunshot wounds by first responders investigating a stranded car around 3 am on Friday
Her white Dodge Challenger, had multiple gunshots to the driver’s side door and window
A U.S. Army drill sergeant on holiday leave was found fatally shot in San Antonio, Texas, on New Year’s Day.
Jessica Mitchell, 30, was discovered inside her car with multiple gunshot wounds by first responders investigating a stranded car around 3 a.m.
Mitchell, a drill seargent who was assigned to Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 3 a.m. on Friday, in a vehicle along Interstate 10 in San Antonio, according to the San Antonio Police Department and Joint Base San Antonio.
The car, a white Dodge Challenger, had multiple gunshots to the driver’s side door and window.
Mitchell, a dental specialist, was rushed to University Hospital San Antonio, where she was pronounced dead.
Mitchell had been assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence since August 2019 and before that worked at a joint base dental clinic, according to military officials.
Her sister said that Mitchell had made at least one social media post about “ringing in the new year” hours before her body was discovered.
“Why would anybody want to do this,” her sister, Ashley Mitchell, told WOAI. “Why why why why? Why? Why do people do such heinous acts of crime for no reason? You know, like, human life is not material it cannot be replaced.”
San Antonio Police Department and the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division are both investigating the suspicious death.
“We are devastated by the tragic loss of Drill Sergeant Jessica Mitchell,” Maj. Gen. Dennis LeMaster, the Medical Center of Excellence Commanding General, said in a statement. “Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends. We are focused on supporting Drill Sergeant Mitchell’s family as well as her soldiers during this extremely difficult time.”
Mitchell is survived by her 10-year-old son.