A soldier at Fort Knox was charged with attempted murder after breaking into the apartment of his estranged wife in October and shooting into a bedroom door, striking a man.
The charges against Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Allan Rich II, 33, have since been changed to first-degree assault charge for striking the man twice with shots. In addition to the assault charge, Rich was indicted on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of first-degree criminal mischief.
Police say Rich was armed with a .45-caliber handgun and a razor knife when he broke into the apartment. He is accused of firing five shots into the bedroom door, striking the man once in the chest and once in the arm.
Rich is also accused of puncturing holes in all four tires of his wife’s vehicle and the vehicle of the man, both parked in front of the apartment.
According to the arrest record, Rich gave police a verbal and written statement confessing to the shooting. He made the confession after he was brought in for questioning from his Fort Knox residence.
According to Rich’s Facebook, he gave a telling foreshadowing of things to come mere hours before his assault.
“When you know a person [sic] never be supervised by what they do,” he wrote. “People do what they do.”
Rich is assigned to the Army’s Human Resources command, joined the Army in October 2004 and served a one-year deployment in Iraq in October 2005.
He posted a $50,000 cash bond and was released on November 3rd but is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges on November 28.
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