UPDATE: 11:00 4/4/13
Courtesy: Portland Leader
A soldier has been charged with murder following a shooting at Fort Knox yesterday afternoon.
A civilian employee at Fort Knox was shot in the parking lot of the Army Human Resources Command Building.
He later died at the hospital while the suspect who allegedly shot him was making his way home, and eventually to Portland, TN, where one quiet neighborhood had an interesting night.
"I saw the local police officer's vehicle with the two SWAT knelt down across the hood with their weapons that were pointed at the house," said neighbor of suspect's mother Joseph Matlock.
In that house was believed to be Marquinta Jacobs, the soldier now charged with murder following yesterday's Fort Knox shooting.
Court documents reveal one witness says Jacobs had a verbal exchange with the victim just before he shot him, and then drove away in his pickup truck.
Jacobs' wife told police he came home in the truck, before leaving on a black motorcycle.
It was believed he may have fled to his mother's house in Portland.
According to a neighbor, police came to search the area at around 11:30 last night.
"I looked out the front door at that time and I saw several police cars out here, so obviously something's going on. That's when the officer told me there could be a possible homicide suspect next door," said neighbor Bob Morris.
Morris says his backyard became a command center for the units staged around Jacobs' mother's home, and behind the home was the motorcycle Jacobs' wife said he left on.
"I had never seen a motorcycle there," said Morris.
Morris said he saw it there last night, and it was a couple hours after he first spoke with police that they began to evacuate the area in preparation to enter the house.
"At about two o'clock, they started evacuating everybody.I sat there and watched as they were going from house to house and everyone was leaving, and finally they came over two our house at a little after two and said we need you to evacuate," said Morris.
Morris says he left and didn't come back until 5 a.m. By that time, police were gone, and he thought Jacobs was too.
"I'd never seen him before. I didn't even know he was staying there. That was even a shock to me. I was under the impression they got the guy last night and they didn't," said Morris.
Police were able to locate Jacobs in Portland this afternoon, and now have him in custody. He will appear in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green tomorrow.
UPDATE: 4:57 4/4/13
According to a criminal complaint document, a witness, walking in the parking lot with the victim saw Jacobs approach the victim and engage in a verbal exchange with him.
During the investigation, Jacob's wife, Christina Jacobs, confirmed Jacobs owns a Glock pistol which fire .45 caliber ammunition.
Officials searched the Jacobs' home in Radcliff and found several boxes of ammunition, some of which matched the caliber and manufacturer as the fired rounds collected at the crime scene.
UPDATE: 3:35p.m. 4/4/13
A man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a civilian employee at Fort Knox.
A Thursday federal court filing by the FBI says Marquinta E. Jacobs fired a .45-caliber handgun at the victim, "striking him several times." It says a witness saw the Wednesday shooting after Jacobs and the victim had a verbal exchange in the parking lot of the Army Human Resources Command building on the post at Fort Knox.
Investigators found eight shell casings at the scene.
A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court Thursday says Jacobs fled to his mother's house in Portland, Tenn., but he was not there.
Fort Knox officials said a suspect wanted for questioning was apprehended Thursday in Portland. They identified the suspect as a Fort Knox soldier.
UPDATE: 2:55 p.m. 4/04/13
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command says a soldier assigned to Fort Knox's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division was apprehended for questioning in connection with the shooting death of a Department of the Army civilian employee.
The soldier was apprehended in Tennessee by Portland Police and CID Special Agents.
Kyle Hodges, Fort Knox Media Relations Officer, says a Department of the Army civilian employee died after a shooting Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot outside U.S. Army Human Resources Command headquarters.
Hodges says the victim, who was an employee of U.S. Army Human Resources Command, was transported to Ireland Army Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating a personal incident and not a random act of violence," said Chris Grey, spokesperson for the independent Army investigative agency.
The name is being withheld until 24 hours after family notification.
Hodges says Fort Knox Police received a 911 call around 5:40 p.m. and responded to the scene within minutes.
Police are interested in speaking with an individual who is described as follows: a 5-foot, 9-inch African-American male with black hair and brown eyes. It is believed he may be using a black Yamaha motorcycle for transportation.
Individuals who may have any information related to this incident are asked to contact the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command at (502) 624-6332 or Fort Knox Police at (502) 624-2111.
A spokesman for the Fort Knox Army post in central Kentucky says a shooting has occurred there, but he had no immediate word on whether anyone was injured.
Some news organizations are reporting a civilian was flown by helicopter to a hospital, but there was no immediate word on the victim's condition.
Kyle Hodges says the shooting Wednesday afternoon was near the post's human resources center. He was on his way back to the post after receiving word of the shooting.
WAVE-TV reported the post was on a heightened security alert.