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Fort Knox suspect will be tried in military court

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Marquinta Jacobs is escorted from the Portland Police Department. Marquinta Jacobs is escorted from the Portland Police Department.
Marquinta Jacobs (Photo from Portland Police) Marquinta Jacobs (Photo from Portland Police)
Suspect's vehicle towed (Photo courtesy: Portland Leader) Suspect's vehicle towed (Photo courtesy: Portland Leader)
Human Resource Command at Fort Knox (WAVE-TV) Human Resource Command at Fort Knox (WAVE-TV)

A soldier suspected in the fatal shooting of an Army civilian employee Wednesday at Fort Knox will be tried in a military court.

Marquinta Jacobs appeared in federal court in Bowling Green, KY, Friday, a day after he was arrested in Portland, TN.

The civilian criminal complaint filed Thursday against Jacobs was dismissed during Friday's hearing, and he was then transferred into military custody and transported to Fort Knox. There, charges of premeditated murder and aggravated assault were initiated against Jacobs.

Jacobs was identified during a routine traffic stop near the intersection of Searcy Lane and State Route 52.

According to the Army's Criminal Investigation Command, Jacobs is a unit supply specialist assigned to Fort Knox's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, where he performed general upkeep and maintenance of Army supplies and equipment.

The FBI said in its court filing Thursday that Jacobs fired a .45-caliber handgun at the victim, "striking him several times."

Officials identified the victim Friday as Lloyd Gibert, 51, of Elizabethtown, KY.

Gibert was a human resources specialist with the United States Army Human Resources Command.

Fort Knox PAO Kyle Hodges said Fort Knox police were alerted to the shooting in the parking lot outside of the Human Resource Command headquarters at Fort Knox at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim was transported to the Ireland Army Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A spokesman for the independent Army investigative agency said the shooting appears to have been domestic in nature and not a random act of violence.

Portland police Chief Richard Smith said Jacobs' mother lives in Portland, and late Wednesday authorities received word Jacobs could possibly be there after the shooting.

Smith said when officers drove by the mother's house, they spotted a motorcycle Jacobs allegedly used to get away from Fort Knox earlier in the day.

"They had combat gear on, and I was like, 'OK, this is the real deal.' About 2 o'clock they started evacuating houses across the street," said neighbor Bob Morris.

Smith said since Jacobs was believed to be heavily armed and is a combat veteran, they didn't want to take any chances.

But those officers didn't find anyone inside the home.

Instead, Portland officers' sharp eyes led to his arrest when they spotted Jacobs driving his mother's SUV.

Jacobs was held in Gallatin at the Sumner County Jail prior to the federal hearing Friday in Bowling Green.

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