FT. CAMPBELL, Ky. (KT) - A Fort Campbell soldier is dead and her estranged husband is in custody, following a shooting earlier this week at the U.S. Army base that straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee line.
Spc. Brittney Niecol Silvers, of Jacksonville, Florida, was an automated logistical specialist in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), according to the 101st Division’s Public Affairs Office.
While the Army is not releasing details of the incident, an affidavit obtained by the Leaf Chronicle of Clarksville, Tennessee, reports a male friend of Silvers was at the apartment with her on Contreras Court Sunday night, when a man arrived and started banging on the door. The affidavit stated the witness told authorities he then heard Silvers argue with the man, followed by a gunshot.
A neighbor who was out walking his dog at the time told authorities he saw the man fire a shot into the back of the victim's head.
The victim's friend said the man then entered the bathroom inside the apartment where he was located. They struggled, and the suspect fired the gun at least three more times, striking the man in the leg.
The suspect then ran back outside and jumped in a parked vehicle, while the neighbor who witnessed the shooting tried to detain him. That's where court documents say he was located when he was apprehended by Fort Campbell police.
The FBI says the suspect is the victim's estranged husband, Victor Silvers, and that the two were in the middle of divorce proceedings.
Court documents obtained by the newspaper state the victim had obtained a restraining order against her husband on Oct. 9 due to a prior incident involving a weapon. The restraining order prohibited the husband from being within 300 feet of their apartment, or from possessing a firearm.
The shooting led to the closing of the gates at Ft. Campbell for about an hour, before Victor Silvers was taken into custody.
The Public Affairs Office says Brittney Silvers joined the Army in 2011 and completed training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Lee, Virginia. She served for several years at Fort Hood, Texas before arriving to Fort Campbell in 2016.
Silvers completed the Combat Life Savers Course and Basic Leader Course while serving at Fort Campbell. Her awards and decorations include: Army Achievement Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Driver and Mechanic Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge – Sharpshooter with Carbine.
Silvers was posthumously promoted to Sergeant and received the Army Commendation Medal.
"101st Combat Aviation Brigade has lost an incredibly valued member of the Destiny team,” said Lt. Col. Cayton Johnson, Commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (rear), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “We continue to pray for her family and friends during this difficult time.”
The FBI, which is investigating the case along with the Army Criminal Investigation Command, says Victor Silvers is scheduled for an initial court appearance on Thursday, at U.S. District Court in Paducah.