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April 5, 2013

Soldier charged with murder

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.

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.

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