Detention hearing set for guardsman accused of shooting superiors

Detention hearing set for guardsman accused of shooting superiors (Image 1)
Detention hearing set for guardsman accused of shooting superiors (Image 1)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee National Guard recruiter is expected to appear in court for a hearing to determine if he can be released pending trial on charges he tried to kill four of his superiors.

Amos Patton has a detention hearing scheduled Friday afternoon in federal court in Memphis.

Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Patton opened fire inside the armory in Millington on Oct. 24 after he was told he would be relieved of duty and dismissed from active service for alleged misconduct.

Authorities say three guard members suffered minor injuries when they were shot in the leg area.

An indictment says Patton was chased down by a fellow guard member after fleeing the armory.

Trial has been set for Feb. 10. Patton has pleaded not guilty.

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