Soldier told 911 dispatcher that he shot and killed his wife, police say

Derek McKinney.



CRESTVIEW — A 7th Special Forces Group soldier was arrested Sunday evening on an open count of homicide after he told a dispatcher that he shot and killed his estranged wife, police said.

Police responded around 6:42 p.m. Sunday to a 911 call reporting a gunshot victim at a home in the Countryview Estates neighborhood. Derek McKinney, 32, was arrested at the residence, according to a press release from the Crestview Police Department.

Responding officers found McKinney's wife, Natasha McKinney, 34, on the floor in a bedroom at the home they shared. Okaloosa County EMS responded minutes later and pronounced Natasha McKinney dead, the press release said.

According to his arrest report, McKinney, who has his wife's name tattooed on his chest, identified himself to dispatch as the shooter. He even provided a clothing description — a white tank top and red shorts, the report said.

He also told them he was administering CPR to his wife.

When officers arrived, he came out of the house with his hands up. Officers observed blood on his tank top. He was ordered to get on the ground, at which point he took off his shirt and made a comment to officers which was redacted from the report.

His wife was discovered lying on her back in the master bedroom with blood on her face. A black semi-automatic handgun was found on the floor near her head and a cellphone was found near her feet.

After being read his rights, the suspect made a statement that was also redacted from the report.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement responded, and upon receipt of a search warrant, assisted Crestview Police in investigating the scene of the shooting.

The incident remains under investigation.

Susie Green and Starla Smith, who live in homes across the street from the McKinneys, said they rarely saw either Derek or Natasha, except when they were leaving for work or coming home.

"I knew he was military, that's all I know," Green said. "They pretty much stayed to themselves."

Green also said she checked their outdoor security camera, but didn't see anything.

Smith said all the neighbors were "mind-blown" and said she witnessed Derek coming out of his home Sunday night as police were arriving and he "had blood on his face."

She also said she saw a young woman come out, who "had blood all over her pants."

CPD spokesman Brian Hughes said the woman was a friend of the family who had tried to render aid to Natasha.

Hughes said the woman had a spot of blood on the knee of her pants. Hughes said the woman provided a statement to police, but is not considered a suspect or an accessory to the incident.

On Monday morning, there were three cars in the driveway of the home where the alleged crime occurred. A person who answered the door declined to speak with a reporter.

A young man who came out of the house to get something from one of the cars said "we don't want to talk about it."

The 7th Special Forces Group, is based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.


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