A Tennessee National Guard recruiter, Amos Patton, 42, has been accused of attempting to kill three fellow soldiers at an armory.  According to the criminal complaint, Patton had been ordered to go to the armory to be relieved of duty, reduced in rank, and dismissed because of previous misconduct (the misconduct has not been disclosed to the public).   According to WREG, Patton was disciplined, left, and then returned with a handgun, opening fire.

A federal grand jury indicted him on nine counts related to a shooting at the TN Army National Guard Recruiting Center.  He is charged with four counts of unlawfully attempting to kill Major William J. Crawford, Sgt. Major Ricky R. McKenzie, Lt. Colonel Hunter Belcher, and Sgt. Major “CTC” while in the performance of their duties.  He is also charged with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon within the maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States on each federal employee and one count of using/carrying a firearm during a federal crime of violence.

The confrontation lasted “no more than just a minute or so,” FBI Special Agent Todd McCall said.

If convicted, Patton could face up to 20 years in prison for each attempted murder charge and up to 20 years in prison for each assault charge.  He could receive a 10 year minimum mandatory firearm sentence for the firearm charge as well.  The federal justice system has no parole.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations based upon probable cause, and the defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty.

Amos Patton was a Guard member for fourteen years.


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