(Associated Press) A Tennessee National Guard recruiter shot three fellow soldiers at an armory north of Memphis after he was ordered to the facility to be relieved of duty because of alleged misconduct, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court Friday.
The complaint written by FBI Special Agent Matthew Ross says Sgt. 1st Class Amos Patton was ordered to go to the armory Thursday to be told that he was being relieved of duty, reduced in rank and recommended for removal from active reserve. The complaint does not detail the nature of the alleged misconduct.
Patton was ordered to return government equipment that was in his vehicle outside the building, the complaint said. Patton had a “fanny pack” with him when he returned.
When Patton tried to access the pack, one Guardsman yelled “gun,” the complaint says. Patton then opened fire, hitting three Guardsmen, Ross wrote.