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Neighbors react to murder arrest of Fort Knox soldier

Marquinta Jacobs being led from the Portland, TN police station. Marquinta Jacobs being led from the Portland, TN police station.
The Radcliff home of Marquinta Jacobs. The Radcliff home of Marquinta Jacobs.
Marcus Brown Marcus Brown
William Marion William Marion

FORT KNOX, KY (WAVE) – A U.S. Army soldier sits behind bars charged in connection with a shooting death on the Fort Knox post Wednesday night. With the arrest of the suspected shooter, the mood around Fort Knox has changed from that of fear to mourning for the victim and his family. 

Marquinta Jacobs didn't comment to reporters as he was whisked away after his arrest Thursday in Tennessee. Court documents obtained Thursday said Jacobs fired a .45 caliber handgun multiple times, killing a civilian worker on the Fort Knox post after an argument. Outside of Jacobs' Radcliff home, neighbors describe a scene of chaos after the shooting Wednesday night. 

"When we pulled into the driveway there was a police car that pulled up shortly thereafter and then an unmarked car," said neighbor Marcus Brown.

Brown said the number of officers and investigators quickly multiplied.

"There were some other cars and they started getting out and had their weapons drawn and after a while they started all pouring in," said Brown.

Brown never expected the investigation to center around his neighbor, wanted in connection with the deadly shooting at the Human Resources Command at Fort Knox.

"We were definitely surprised," said Brown. "Never in my life would I have thought it; he's a quiet guy and kept to himself."

"Very surprising that a person could turn insane like that for small things that could be fixed," said neighbor William Marion.

The motive of the shooting isn't clear, but it's rocked the quiet subdivision in which the Jacobs family lives.

"It's a close-knit, army and military type of community," Marion said.

It's the type of neighborhood where everyone watches out for one another.

"When he was overseas fighting for our country, my dad helped the wife and daughter and cut the grass and whatever they needed," Marion said.

Residents say they are thinking about both families, as Jacobs sits behind bars while another family plans a funeral.

Jacobs is officially being charged with murder in this case. The FBI continues to assist with the active investigation. Jacobs will be brought back to Kentucky Friday morning to face a Federal Magistrate in Bowling Green.

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