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Woman Charged With Shooting Ex-Husband At Ft. Leonard Wood

Woman Charged With Shooting Ex-Husband At Ft. Leonard Wood

Woman Charged With Shooting Ex-Husband At Ft. Leonard Wood

(KTTS News) — A woman from Fort Leonard Wood is charged with shooting a soldier.

It happened on the Fort Leonard Wood military installation.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 30-year-old Katara R. Hamilton is charged in federal court with assaulting a U.S. Army Sergeant with the intent to commit murder.

Court records say Hamilton went to the home of her ex-husband, who is an active duty U.S. Army soldier, on October 4.

Hamilton’s ex-husband called 911 saying she was at his house with a handgun, demanding to see their seven-year-old child.

A military police officer heard a gunshot when he arrived.

He found Hamilton standing in the driveway with a gun and her ex-husband on the ground yelling that he’d been shot.

He’d been shot in the shoulder.

Hamilton was arrested at the scene.

Press Release

A Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., woman was charged in federal court with assaulting a U.S. Army Sergeant with the intent to commit murder.

Katara R. Hamilton, 30, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield on October 5, 2022. The federal criminal complaint charges Hamilton with assault with the intent to commit murder on the Fort Leonard Wood U.S. Army Installation.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Hamilton’s former spouse, who is an active duty army soldier, called 911 shortly before 11:00 p.m. on October 4, 2022, to report that Hamilton was at his residence, carrying a handgun, and demanding to see their seven-year-old child. The 911 dispatch operator noted she could hear a female voice yelling in the background, and the 911 call lasted approximately six minutes before the line disconnected.

At approximately 11:04 p.m., an active duty military police officer arrived at a nearby residence. The officer heard a gunshot and then ran towards the sound of the gunshot. When the officer arrived at the residence, he noted that Hamilton was standing in the driveway with a handgun in her hand, and her former spouse was heard yelling, “help me, I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot!” While the officer ordered Hamilton to the ground to handcuff her, her former spouse was lying on the ground in the driveway with an apparent gunshot wound to his left shoulder area.

The charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Kelleher. It was investigated by the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command.

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