2 Fort Campbell soldiers killed in Kentucky shooting; Man arrested

Jeremy Demar (Courtesy: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)

OAK GROVE, Ky. (WKRN) – Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting in Oak Grove that left two U.S. Army soldiers dead and one 16-year-old injured Thursday night.

Investigators say Jeremy Demar, of Clarksville, was in a domestic dispute with his wife around 7:30 p.m. when he found her at a home on Arkansas Avenue and forced his way inside.

The 35-year-old is accused of then shooting and killing his wife and another soldier. They’ve have been identified as Spc. Pricilla East, 32, and Sgt. Christopher Hoch, 28. Both were stationed at Fort Campbell.

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A 16-year-old was also injured during a physical confrontation with Demar inside the home, according to a press release. The juvenile was transported to Tennova Healthcare Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Demar reportedly fled the home with his small child but was taken into custody by Clarksville police at his apartment not long after the shooting. The child was not injured.

Demar was booked into the Montgomery County jail and is being held on a $250,000 bond while he awaits extradition to Kentucky.

He was charged with assault, burglary, murder, and murder/domestic violence.

Spc. Christopher R. Hoch (Courtesy: Fort Campbell)
Spc. Christopher R. Hoch (Courtesy: Fort Campbell)

Fort Campbell issued a statement later Friday. Officials noted Spc. East, 32, is from Missouri City, Texas; and Spc. Hoch, 28, is from Ferndale, Michigan. Hoch was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.

East was a health care specialist who joined the Army in March 2011 and arrived at Fort Campbell in August 2014. Her awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Hoch was an infantryman who joined the Army in January 2013 and arrived at Fort Campbell in June 2013. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Army officials said they do not have a photo of Spc. East at this time.