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This Aug. 18, 2010 image provided by the U.S. 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, and investigators were seeking to question a man in connection with the shooting, authorities said. Army officials said in a news release late Wednesday April 3, 2013 that the victim was an employee of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, which handles personnel actions for soldiers. The shooting occurred in a lot outside the command. The victim was transported to the Ireland Army Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. (AP Photo/US Army)
Soldier charged with murder in Fort Knox shooting
First Published Apr 04 2013 07:07 pm • Last Updated Apr 04 2013 07:09 pm

Louisville, Ky. • A soldier apprehended Thursday 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.

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Jacobs is the soldier whom Army investigators said was apprehended Thursday in Portland, Tenn., FBI spokeswoman Mary Trotman said.

Army investigators had said a soldier wanted for questioning in the killing was apprehended in Portland, where Jacobs’ mother lives. But the Army declined to identify the soldier, except to say he is a member of Fort Knox’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

The shooting occurred around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot at the Army Human Resources Command building, prompting a brief lockdown at the Army post in central Kentucky, about an hour southwest of Louisville.

The victim was an employee of the command, which handles personnel actions for soldiers.

A witness saw the Wednesday shooting after Jacobs and the victim had a verbal exchange in the parking lot, according to the federal criminal complaint, which gave the following account:

The witness reported seeing Jacobs shoot the victim, identified as "L.G.," 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.

The motorcycle was found at the home of Jacobs’ mother in Portland. His mother told police he had left around 9 p.m. Wednesday driving a Kia Rondo.


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Police in Portland referred questions to the Army Criminal Investigation Command on Thursday. A message left for a spokesman at Army CID was not immediately returned Thursday night. Fort Knox has said in a statement that the soldier was a man believed to be traveling on a motorcycle.

After the shooting, the victim was transported to the Ireland Army Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead Wednesday.

Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Command, said the shooting was a personal incident.

"Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are continuing the investigation and as previously released the shooting appears to be a domestic issue and not a random act of violence," Grey said in a statement.

The identity of the victim was being withheld pending notification of family.

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AP writer Beth Campbell contributed to this report from Louisville



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