RECRUITING SGT FLIPS OUT AFTER BEING FIRED
SFC AMOS PATTON CANNED AND LOSING STRIPE
ANGRY NCO RETURNS TO OFFICE AND SHOOTS
TWO OFFICERS AND SGT-MAJOR - NONE HAVE LIFE
THREATENING WOUNDS, AUTHORITIES SAY - AMOS
SUBDUED BY OTHER SOLDIERS AT ARMORY IN TENN.
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Officials won't say just why SFC Amos Patton was being fired and demoted, but sources tell us that the recruiting NCO was being gigged for "sub-standard performance."
The 42 year-old, 14-year Army veteran is in an awful lot more trouble now.
Witnesses told investigators Amos was asked by superiors to go out to his vehicle parked outside a Millington, Tenn. armory and retrieve and return some government property he had in his POV.
Patton came back with a "fanny pack" containing a loaded handgun.
The angry Cordova, Tenn. resident drew the weapon and opened fire, but his aim wasn't much better than his career as a recruiting sergeant.
RECRUITER WAS A LOUSY SHOT
Despite the close range, Patton was able to only slightly wound his boss, MAJ William J. Crawford (shot in lower leg), LTC Hunter Belcher (grazed by bullet), and SGM Ricky P. McKenzie, who was shot in the foot.
Patton tried to flee the armory but was tackled by other soldiers and held for civilian police.
The slender NCO has been charged with two felony counts in federal court and is being held without bond.
Millington is located just north of Memphis.