MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee National Guard recruiter accused of shooting three fellow soldiers at an armory north of Memphis was formally charged in federal court on Friday.
U.S. District Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo told Amos Patton he is charged with committing assaults within the maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States and carrying a weapon during a federal crime of violence.
Patton told the judge that he could not afford his own lawyer. Vescovo granted his request to appoint a public defender. Vescovo also scheduled a probable cause and detention hearing for Wednesday.
According to a criminal complaint, Patton had been ordered to go to the armory to be relieved of duty because of alleged misconduct. The complaint does not detail the nature of the misconduct.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A criminal complaint says a Tennessee National Guardsman accused of shooting three fellow Guard members at an armory was being relieved of duty because of alleged misconduct.
The complaint written by FBI Special Agent Matthew Ross says Sgt. 1st Class Amos Patton was ordered to go to the armory on Thursday to be notified that he was being relieved of duty.
The complaint says Patton was ordered to return government equipment that was in his vehicle outside the building. Ross says that when Patton returned, he had a "fanny pack" with him.
When Patton tried to access the pack, one Guardsman yelled "gun." The complaint says Patton then opened fire, hitting three Guardsmen.
Ross says Patton then ran from the building before he was subdued by another Guardsman.