Soldier Charged in Fort Knox Murder

Marquinta Jacobs allegedly fired a .45-caliber handgun, killing civilian employee

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 5, 2013 8:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – A soldier apprehended yesterday in Tennessee was charged with murder in the shooting death of a civilian employee at Kentucky's Fort Knox a day earlier. The FBI said in a court filing that Marquinta E. Jacobs fired a .45-caliber handgun at the victim, "striking him several times." Jacobs is charged with murder, according to the criminal complaint; it's being described as a "domestic issue."

The shooting occurred around 5:40pm Wednesday in the parking lot at the Army Human Resources Command building. The victim was an employee of the command, which handles personnel actions for soldiers. A witness said Jacobs and the victim had a verbal exchange in the parking lot, then reported seeing Jacobs shoot the victim, identified as "LG," several times and then flee in a Dodge pickup truck. Investigators found eight shell casings at the scene. Investigators interviewed Jacobs' wife, who said he owned a .45-caliber Glock pistol, and they found ammunition at the home that matches the kind used at the crime scene. Jacobs' wife told police that Jacobs had left the home on a black motorcycle. Jacobs was apprehended yesterday in Portland, Tenn., where his mother lives.

This Aug. 18, 2010 image provided by the US Army shows the Chaffee Gate entrance to Fort Knox. An Army civilian employee was shot and killed in a parking lot at Kentucky's Fort Knox on Wednesday.
This Aug. 18, 2010 image provided by the US Army shows the Chaffee Gate entrance to Fort Knox. An Army civilian employee was shot and killed in a parking lot at Kentucky's Fort Knox on Wednesday.   ((AP Photo/US Army))
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