A soldier stationed at Fort Knox charged Monday with attempted murder was 15 days shy of finalizing a divorce from his estranged wife when he reportedly broke into her apartment and twice shot a man there.
Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Allan Rich II, 33, had filed Sept. 13 to end his two-year marriage to Diamond Rich. The couple was married Sept. 6, 2015, in Wisconsin and had no children from the marriage, according to court documents.
Rich, who is being held in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center, was arrested around 7:30 a.m. Monday after entering a residence on South Wilson Road earlier in the day and firing seven shots from a .45-caliber handgun, including five through a bedroom door where his wife and a male acquaintance were located, according to police.
The man was struck twice — in the chest and through an arm — according to an arrest citation. Radcliff Police Capt. Willie Wells said Tuesday the man, whose name has not been released, was in stable condition at University Hospital in Louisville. He could be released this week.
According to the citation, Rich told authorities where a handgun and ammunition could be found in his Fort Knox residence, which police located. He also provided a written and verbal statement admitting to the shooting, according the citation.
The couple had a divorce hearing Oct. 17 and an order was entered in Family Court to postpone the final divorce decree hearing to 11 a.m. Nov. 7 “to allow parties time to reach an agreement,” according to the court order.
The couple had been separated since about April 1, according to a document in the court records.
Rich was charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of first-degree criminal mischief after Monday’s shooting. He also is said to have punctured holes in all four tires of his wife’s and the man’s vehicles, which were parked in front of the apartment.
Rich, a human resources specialist at U.S. Army Human Resources Command, enlisted in the Army in 2004.
RPD was called to the shooting scene at 1:46 a.m. Monday in the 6600 block of South Wilson Road. Police then went on post and found Rich in his Maple Road home. Following questioning at RPD headquarters, he was arrested and booked at the jail.
Rich, who could face 20 to 50 years, or life, in prison, if convicted, is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Nov. 3 in Hardin District Court.
Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or [email protected].