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Published: Tuesday, 2/26/2013

Former Whitehouse woman dies in Kentucky shooting


FORT KNOX, Ky. -- A 23-year-old former Whitehouse resident died last week along with her soldier husband in a shooting in Fort Knox, Ky.

Krista Meeks-Jones, 23, a staff sergeant with the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing near Swanton, and her husband Army Spc. Christopher Meeks-Jones, 26, died Friday at their on-post Fort Knox residence. U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the incident, which authorities said appears to have been a domestic dispute.

Military police responded about 3:40 a.m. Friday after a 911 call from the residence. When officers arrived, they heard gunfire from inside. Police found Spc. Meeks-Jones dead; they administered first aid to Ms. Meeks-Jones, but she died at the scene. Both had gunshot wounds.

Christopher Grey, spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, would not identify a shooter or provide additional details about the incident, citing the ongoing investigation.

The couple’s two children were home at the time but were not injured. The children were placed in the custody of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services, according to the Fort Knox public affairs office. A Fort Knox press release issued Saturday said the children were in foster care “pending permanent placement.”

A spokesman for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which oversees the community based services department, would not comment today on the children’s status.

Ms. Meeks-Jones was a 2008 graduate Anthony Wayne High School.

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