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Marine sergeant accused of fatally shooting his wife

Jul. 14, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Sgt. Christopher M. Skaggs, a staff member at School of Infantry-East aboard Camp Geiger, N.C., was arrested on murder charges after his wife was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on Sunday night. Skaggs is being held without bond at the Onslow County Jail in Jacksonville, N.C.
Sgt. Christopher M. Skaggs, a staff member at School of Infantry-East aboard Camp Geiger, N.C., was arrested on murder charges after his wife was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on Sunday night. Skaggs is being held without bond at the Onslow County Jail in Jacksonville, N.C. (Onslow County Sherriff's Office)
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A North Carolina-based Marine sergeant is being held without bond after he was arrested in connection to the death of his wife, who was found shot to death Sunday night.

Sgt. Christopher M. Skaggs, a 32-year-old staff member at School of Infantry-East aboard Camp Geiger, North Carolina, is currently being held at the Onslow County Jail on murder charges, according to a Marine Corps news release.

Police officers were called to the Marine’s home on Sunday at about 9:45 p.m. to investigate a woman being shot, The Daily News reported. When officers arrived, they discovered that Jordan Skaggs, the sergeant’s 31-year-old wife, was dead after being shot multiple times in the chest, according to the paper.

Skaggs allegedly “went into a rage, got his handgun and began shooting the victim,” according to WITN, a local NBC affiliate. Sheriff Ed Brown told WITN that the couple has three children, and they were next door swimming when the shooting happened.

Skaggs is an infantryman working in the logistics section of ITB, according to the marine Corps. He deployed to Iraq twice and once to Afghanistan.

The alleged incident remains under investigation by civilian authorities, according to the release.

“The command is cooperating fully and assisting with family members affected by the tragedy,” the release states. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family at this time.”

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