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Army identifies victim in Fort Knox shooting

Apr. 5, 2013 - 05:12PM   |  
Army officials have identified the civilian employee who was fatally shot in a Fort Knox parking lot as as 51-year-old Lloyd R. Gibert, who had worked at the Kentucky military post for nearly a decade.
Army officials have identified the civilian employee who was fatally shot in a Fort Knox parking lot as as 51-year-old Lloyd R. Gibert, who had worked at the Kentucky military post for nearly a decade. (Army via AP)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. A civilian employee fatally shot in a Fort Knox parking lot had worked at the Kentucky military post for nearly a decade, the Army said Friday.

Lloyd R. Gibert, 51, was shot on Wednesday outside the Army Human Resources Command building. He had worked in the human resources division at Fort Knox since 2004, according to a statement from the Army.

Police arrested a 36-year-old Fort Knox soldier, Marquinta E. Jacobs, on Thursday in Portland, Tenn., where Jacobs' mother lives.

Investigators found eight shell casings at the scene, and a witness said Gibert had a "verbal exchange" with Jacobs before he was shot multiple times, authorities said.

The slaying prompted a brief lockdown at the post, and security was heightened after the gates were reopened.

The FBI said in a criminal complaint against Jacobs that he fled the scene after the shooting, went home and then drove his motorcycle to Tennessee. The bike was later found at his mother's house, and he was apprehended a short time later in a different vehicle.

Jacobs made his initial appearance in federal court Friday, where a magistrate judge transferred Jacobs to military custody. He will face premeditated murder and aggravated assault charges, authorities said.

The FBI said Jacobs, an Army sergeant, fired a .45-caliber handgun at Gibert, "striking him several times." Gibert was transported to Fort Knox's hospital, where he died that evening.

Army investigators said the shooting arose from a "domestic incident."

Investigators found ammunition at the home for a .45-caliber Glock pistol that matched the kind used at the crime scene.

Jacobs enlisted in the Army in 2004 and has been at Fort Knox since 2009. He worked as an equipment maintenance specialist in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, according to Fort Knox.

Army investigators will perform an Article 32 investigation, similar to a civilian grand jury, to determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed with a court-martial against Jacobs, Fort Knox said in a statement Friday.

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