Sailor Kills Wife by Shooting Her in Face During Argument, Police Say

Christian Alexander Neal. Facebook photo
Christian Alexander Neal. Facebook photo

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 -- who the documents say works for the U.S. Navy -- is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the killing of his wife, 23-year-old Amber Greenidge.

Police got a 911 call at 4:09 p.m. Sunday about a stabbing at the couple's home in the Cambridge Apartments, in the 5100 block of Goldsboro Drive. That's off Whealton Road in the Newmarket area, not far from the Newport News city line.

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 a year and the Navy for three years -- is being held without bond at the Hampton City Jail. He will be arraigned Wednesday in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Navy officials at a Washington, D.C., information desk did not immediately get back to the Daily Press on where Neal is stationed or what he does for the service.

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