Husband Of Slain 101st Airborne Soldier Allegedly Confessed To Killing His Wife

news
Photo courtesy of U.S. Army

The estranged husband of a 101st Airborne soldier killed over the weekend in what the Army is describing as an “off-duty shooting incident” was taken into custody amid strong indications that he murdered his wife, The Leaf-Chronicle reports.


Spc. Brittney Silvers, of Jacksonville, Florida, was reportedly shot to death on the evening of Oct. 14 in on-base housing on Fort Campbell, a sprawling Army installation that straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border. An affidavit obtained by The Leaf-Chronicle states that Silvers’ spouse, identified only as V. Silvers, was apprehended near the site of the incident and had confessed to being the shooter.

The Leaf-Chronicle additionally reports that a witness told authorities the shooting culminated a heated altercation that began when a man arrived at the apartment where Silvers was staying with a male friend and “started banging on the door.” The witness, a neighbor who was walking his dog at the time, allegedly heard an argument before seeing the man shoot Silvers in the back of the head.

The suspect then proceeded into a bathroom, where he encountered Silvers’ friend. A tussle ensued. More shots were fired and the friend was struck in the leg. His recollection of events was also included in court documents reviewed by The Leaf-Chronicle.

Those documents also allegedly describe how the assailant attempted to flee in a car parked outside the apartment but was intercepted by the neighbor and arrested by Fort Campbell police before he could get away.

The incident is still under investigation by the FBI and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Silvers enlisted in the Army in 2011 and served as an automated logistical specialist with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. Court paperwork shows that she had “obtained a restraining order against her husband on Oct. 9 due to a prior incident involving a weapon,” according to The Leaf-Chronicle, which also reports that the couple were in the midst of a divorce.

“101st Combat Aviation Brigade has lost an incredibly valued member of the Destiny Team,” Lt. Col. Cayton Johnson, the rear commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, said in a statement. “We continue to pray for her family and friend during this difficult time.”

WATCH NEXT:

Casperassets.rbl.ms

Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

Take $75 off a Casper Mattress and $150 off a Wave Mattress with code TASKANDPURPOSE

And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

Read More Show Less
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)

A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.

Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.

Read More Show Less
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)

Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.

So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.

Read More Show Less

R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.

Best known for his iconic role as the Marine Corps drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the war drama Full Metal Jacket, Ermey died April 15, 2018 at age 74 due to complications from pneumonia, Task & Purpose previously reported.

Read More Show Less
A B-2 Spirit bomber deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Wing fly near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during a interoperability training mission Jan. 15, 2019. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)

The U.S. Air Force has two of its most elite aircraft — the B-2 Spirit bomber and the F-22 Raptor — training together in the Pacific, reassuring America's allies and sending a warning to strategic competitors and adversaries about the sheer power the U.S. brings to the table.

These stunning photos show the powerful aircraft tearing across the Pacific, where the U.S. has increasingly found itself facing challenges from a rising China.

Read More Show Less