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.
Officials at Fort Knox are weighing options on how to deal with potentially deep budget cuts without hurting essential functions.
Kyle Hodges, a spokesman for the Army post in Hardn County, told The News-Enterprise that no decisions have been made on whether layoffs or terminations would be needed. He said furloughs of civilian employees would be a drastic move.
"There has been no decision at this time for any Fort Knox Army civilians to be furloughed, as that is a tool of last resort that also requires approval of the Secretary of the Army," Hodges said in a statement.
Hodges said the post has been instructed by the Army to plan for financial impacts due to the possibility of deep federal cuts.