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.
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 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.
A Fort Knox soldier is being charged with murder in connection with Wednesday’s shooting death of a civilian employee at the Hardin County post. A news release from the Fort Knox public affairs office says Marquinta Jacobs is assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
Jacobs was apprehended in northern Tennessee by Portland Police and agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.
Fort Knox officials say the shooting appears to be a domestic issue, as opposed to a random act of violence. The shooting took place early Wednesday evening in a parking lot outside the U.S. Army Resources Command headquarters at Fort Knox.
Notifications of planned furloughs are expected to be sent out in the next couple of weeks to federal employees who work on Kentucky military installations as unions negotiate details of the impact of automatic budget cuts.
Thousands of federal employees who work at Fort Knox in central Kentucky and Fort Campbell on the Tennessee state line could face up to 22 unpaid days off work between April and September as part of cuts triggered on March 1. Union officials say they expect notifications to start being sent to employees in mid to late March.
Vicki Loyall is the president of local 2302 of the American Federation of Government Employees based at Fort Knox. She said employees there worry about paying bills and are considering cancelling their health insurance.
The Ft. Knox soldier and spouse who died Friday in their on-post home have been identified as Specialist Christopher Meeks, and his wife, Krista Meeks.
Ft. Knox Police responded to the couple's residence in the Oak Park neighborhood at 3:40 a.m. Friday morning after a 911 call was made from the home. Four responding officers heard gunfire in the residence upon arrival and entered the home. They found the couple inside, both with gunshot wounds.
Spc. Meeks was dead. Krista Meeks was given first aid by police, but she died at the scene.
The couple’s two children were in the residence at the time of the incident. Neither was injured. The children are now in foster care pending permanent placement.