Guard recruiter denied release in armory shooting

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - An FBI agent says a Tennessee National Guard recruiter charged with trying to kill four of his superiors told a fellow soldier he would start shooting if he was fired from his job.
   
Special Agent Matthew Ross testified Friday in a detention hearing for Amos Patton.  Magistrate Judge Charmaine Claxton later denied bond for Patton, who has pleaded not guilty.
   
Ross says Patton was being disciplined after an investigation into sexual assault claims by a female soldier when he opened fire inside a guard armory on Oct. 24.
   
Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Patton pulled a gun from a fanny pack and started shooting after he was told he was being relieved of duty and dismissed from active service for misconduct. Authorities say three guard members suffered minor injuries in the shooting.

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