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
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))

(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.

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