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Shot fired into FOX13 Memphis station, no injuries reported

Incident Details

May 3, 2023 - Update

Man charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment after shot fired into FOX13 Memphis newsroom

The Memphis Police Department identified the man accused of shooting into the FOX13 Memphis newsroom on May 2, 2023, as Jarrad Nathan. According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, Nathan is charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

FOX13 reporter Dakarai Turner tweeted security footage from inside the newsroom, which shows a man attempting to open the station’s door multiple times, shooting through the glass toward security officers at the front desk, then trying to open the door again.

FOX13 reported that the front door requires a key card to access and is outfitted with ballistic glass, which prevented it from shattering.

Nathan appeared for an initial hearing on May 3, where a judge issued him a $250,000 bond for the two charges stemming from the incident, FOX13 reported. He was also given a $25,000 bond for an unrelated aggravated assault charge from March. Nathan is scheduled to appear for a hearing on May 17, following a mental health evaluation.

May 2, 2023

A man fired a shot from an AR-style rifle into the FOX13 Memphis newsroom on May 2, 2023, according to reports from the outlet, but no injuries were reported. Employees were evacuated to a back parking lot for approximately 30 minutes before being allowed back into the building.

FOX13 reported that at around 11:30 a.m. a man approached an employee wanting to talk, and showed the employee that he was carrying a gun. The employee ended the conversation and left, after which the man walked to the front of the building and fired a single shot. The gunman then fled and barricaded himself in a nearby restaurant.

FOX 13 reporter Shelia O’Connor posted on Twitter at 1 p.m. that no employees or staff members were hit or injured during the incident.

Another FOX13 reporter, Dakarai Turner, tweeted that negotiators were able to disarm the gunman and Memphis Police Department officers took him into custody. The department, which did not immediately respond to a request for additional information, confirmed on Twitter that the suspect had been arrested.

When reached for comment, FOX13 directed the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker to the voicemail of general manager, Kyle Krebs.

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