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Estranged husband charged in shooting death of Fort Campbell soldier

Sgt. Brittney Niecol Silvers, of Jacksonville, Fla., was an automated logistical specialist in the 101st Airborne Division’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

U.S. ARMY

By DAN SCANLAN | The Florida Times-Union | Published: October 19, 2018

LOUISVILLE (Tribune News Service) — The estranged husband of a U.S. Army sergeant who was shot and killed Sunday at Fort Campbell made his first appearance in federal court Thursday.

Victor Everette Silvers, 29, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and interstate domestic violence, according to the FBI's Louisville office.

Sgt. Brittney Silvers, 27, was an automated logistical specialist in the 101st Airborne Division. She was killed in what base officials called an off-duty shooting just before 10 p.m. in on-post housing. Silvers was posthumously promoted to sergeant and given the Army Commendation Medal.

The couple was dealing with a divorce, and there had been a previous domestic-violence incident involving a gun, according to court records sourced by Times-Union news partner First Coast News. A court order stated he was not allowed near her and could not own or possess a weapon.

A friend told First Coast News he was visiting Brittney Silvers on Sunday when Victor Silvers came to her on-post housing. The friend said that she told him to go into the bathroom, then he heard Victor Silvers yell at his estranged wife before shots were fired. Two shots were fired into the bathroom door, and the friend said he heard more shots before he saw Victor Silvers and tried to disarm him. The friend said he was shot in the leg but got the gun away before running outside to find the sergeant lying wounded on the ground. She died later at a hospital.

The FBI is the lead investigator in the case.

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