Sailor kills wife by shooting her in face during argument, police say
By PETER DUJARDIN | The Daily Press | Published: January 23, 2019
A woman stabbed her husband in the chest during a heated argument Sunday afternoon in their Hampton home, leaving him with a superficial wound, police say.
Then he picked up a gun and shot her in the face, killing her, according to court documents.
Christian Alexander Neal, 22 — a U.S. Navy sailor — is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the killing of his wife, 23-year-old Amber Jacqueline Greenidge. Greenidge was a former Navy sailor who left the service in 2017.
Police got a 911 call at 4:09 p.m. Sunday about a stabbing at the couple’s home.The call was upgraded to a shooting as police were on their way to the scene.
The couple “were involved in a verbal altercation which led to the stabbing and shooting,” said a criminal complaint filed by Hampton police Detective Michael Snelgrow.
During the argument, the complaint said, Greenidge stabbed Neal in the left side of his chest with a 2-inch pocket knife, “causing a superficial wound.” She then backed away, “causing separation between her and Mr. Neal.”
“At that time, Mr. Neal also turned to obtain a firearm from the dresser,” the complaint said. When he turned to face his wife, the complaint said, Neal “raised the firearm and fired one round, striking Ms. Greenidge in the face.”
When police and medics arrived, Neal was taken to the hospital with a stab wound that wasn’t deemed life-threatening. But Greenidge was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue.
It wasn’t immediately clear what the couple was arguing about. “The exact motive and circumstance are still unknown as the investigation continues,” Police Sgt. Matt Bond wrote in a news release Sunday.
Neal was arrested Monday and charged with voluntary manslaughter and shooting a gun in an occupied building.
Neal — who court documents say has been in Hampton Roads for about a year — is being held without bond at the Hampton City Jail. He will be arraigned Wednesday in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
The Navy said Neal is a Washington, D.C., native who enlisted in December 2015. He’s currently stationed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Norfolk-based aircraft carrier, as an aviation support equipment technician, 3rd class, Cmdr. Dave Hecht, a spokesman for Naval Air Force Atlantic, wrote in an email.
Greenidge, a New York native, also enlisted in December 2015, and became an airman apprentice, Hecht wrote. She was also assigned to the Eisenhower, but left the service in August 2017.
Also Monday, Hampton police arrested a man in another woman’s killing Sunday that took place only 40 minutes before the Goldsboro Drive shooting.
Tarnecia Shevon Smith, 41, was found shot to death in a crashed vehicle.
Police say Samuel Anthony Ashe, 42, of Hertford County, N.C., was in the car and fled from the scene after the crash. He turned himself in Monday in North Carolina, and faces charges in Hampton of second-degree murder, shooting in an occupied vehicle, using a gun in a felony and having a gun as a convicted felon.
He’s being held in Hertford County and has not yet been extradited to Virginia.