The suspect in a deadly Fort Knox shooting has been caught a day after he allegedly shot and killed a civilian employee in the parking lot outside the US Army Human Resources Command (AHRC) on the Army base at Fort Knox in Kentucky. The victim was transported by ambulance to Ireland Army Community Hospital, also on the large Army base, and was pronounced dead there.
The authorities haven’t released many details about the victim, but several officials have said that they believed that the murder was the result of a “personal dispute” rather an employment-related grievance. Fort Knox was locked down yesterday evening within ten minutes of the call to 911 to stop vehicles from entering or leaving the scene, but the shooter was thought to have escaped on a black Yamaha motorcycle.
He was reportedly captured a short time ago on Thursday afternoon by Portland, Tennessee police, but the details are still sketchy.
According to multiple reports, the Army criminal investigators have said that the accused soldier is a member of the Fort Knox 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. They haven’t yet named either the shooter or his victim. The authorities had previously said that they would require 24 hours to notify the victim’s family.
However, Nashville, Tennessee’s NewsChannel5 has named the Fort Knox shooter as Marquinta Jacobs. The black motorcycle he used to escape was reportedly found behind the house where he was hiding.
NewsChannel5 reporter Chris Cannon posted a photograph of the house where the suspect was hiding on Twitter. It appears that the neighbors were evacuated at around 2 am to allow the police to work the scene:
The house Portland Police believed suspected Ft. Knox shooter was in early this morning. Neighbors evacuated at 2am. twitter.com/NC5_ChrisCanno…
— Chris Cannon (@NC5_ChrisCannon) April 4, 2013
There may be more to the story of the Fort Knox shooting.
[photo courtesy US Army via Wikipedia Commons]