The soldier killed Sunday inside the U.S. Army’s Fort Campbell in Kentucky has been identified as a 26-year-old woman from Jacksonville, FL.
She was shot and her husband, Victor Silvers, was taken into custody, according to the 101st Airborne Division.
Brittney N. Silvers, an automated logistical specialist in the division, was killed in what base officials called an off-duty shooting just before 10 p.m. in on-post housing. Silver’s father told Times-Union news partner First Coast News that his daughter had joined the Army right out of ROTC at Terry Parker High School.
“@101stAASLTDIV has lost an incredibly valued member of the Destiny team,” division officials tweeted. “We continue to pray for her family and friends during this difficult time.”
Court documents said Silvers and her husband, Victor Silvers, were in the process of getting a divorce, according to The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle.
The Chronicle reports the affidavit they obtained states:
“On the night of the shooting, a male friend of Silvers was at the apartment with her on Contreras Court when a man arrived and started banging on the door. The witness told authorities he then heard Silvers argue with the man, followed by a gunshot.
A neighbor who was out walking his dog at the time told authorities he saw the man fire a shot into the back of the victim’s head.
The victim’s friend said the man then entered the bathroom inside the apartment where he was located. He says they struggled, and the suspect fired the gun at least three more times, striking the man in the leg.
The suspect then ran back outside and jumped in a parked vehicle, while the neighbor who witnessed the shooting tried to detain him.”
Brittney Silvers joined the Army in 2011 and completed training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Lee, Va. She served for several years at Fort Hood, Texas, before arriving at Fort Campbell in 2016.
Her awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal with one oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
She was posthumously promoted to sergeant and received the Army Commendation Medal.
The husband’s name has not been released as the death is under investigation by U.S. Army and the FBI’s Louisville office.
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