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Portland Police Capture Person Of Interest In Ft. Knox Shooting

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Marquinta Jacobs (Credit: Portland Leader) Marquinta Jacobs (Credit: Portland Leader)

FORT KNOX, Ky. - A man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of an Army civilian employee in a parking lot at Kentucky's Fort Knox has been captured in Portland, Tennessee.

Marquinta Jacobs was captured around 1:30 p.m. Thursday by Portland Police and taken to police headquarters. He was taken from the station Thursday evening around 5:15 p.m.

FBI spokeswoman Mary Trotman said Thursday night Jacobs was named in a court filing, and he is the man whom Army investigators said was involved in the Ft. Knox shooting.

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

Before the arrest, investigators focused on a home on Alice Smith Drive in Portland. Neighbors said Jacobs' mother rents the home. Neighbors also said the black motorcycle seen leaving the shooting scene at Fort Knox had been parked in back of the home Wednesday night.

By early Thursday morning, police had evacuated an area surrounding Jacobs' mother's home before they forced entry inside.

Each home was evacuated one at a time as police removed neighbors from the area.

"One escorted my son right to the backseat, two officers had guns standing in front of the car, and one had a gun, knelt down, facing the house," said neighbor Kathy Sharlow.

Neighbors said they had never seen so many police officers in one place. "They were out here the whole time. They pulled a vehicle into my backyard," said neighbor Bob Morris. "There were several cops leaning on my car." 

"Once the attack unit got here the local authorities were pulled back, and they took over andhere was a whole other group of officers that were here," Morris added.

After interviewing family members, police believed Jacobs was driving his mother's vehicle. A Portland patrol officer spotted the vehicle Thursday afternoon and he was taken into custody.

Jacobs was named as a person of interest following the shooting Wednesday afternoon.

Army officials said in a news release late Wednesday that the victim was an employee of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, which handles personnel actions for soldiers. The shooting occurred in a lot outside the command. The victim was transported to the 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, spokesman for the independent Army investigative agency.

The FBI dispatched two agents to Fort Knox and was assisting in the investigation, said Mary Trotman, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Louisville.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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