Estranged Husband Charged in Murder of Fort Campbell Soldier

Sgt. Brittney Niecol Silvers (Photo taken as a Spc.)
Sgt. Brittney Niecol Silvers (Photo taken as a Spc.)

The estranged husband of a U.S. Army sergeant and Jacksonville native who was shot and killed Sunday at Fort Campbell in Kentucky 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 N. 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. Oct. 14 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 Victor Silvers was not allowed near his wife and could not own or possess a weapon.

A friend told First Coast News he was visiting Silvers on Sunday when her husband came to her base housing. Silvers told the friend to go in the bathroom, where he said he heard Victor Silvers burst in and yell at his estranged wife before shots were fired.

Two shots were fired into the bathroom door, then the friend heard more shots before he saw Victor Silvers and tried to disarm him. The friend 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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