February trial date set for Tenn. National Guard member charged in Millington armory shooting


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MEMPHIS, Tennessee — A trial date has been set for a Tennessee National Guard recruiter charged with trying to kill four superiors in a shooting at an armory northeast of Memphis.

U.S. District Judge John Fowlkes has set a trial date of Feb. 9 for Amos Patton.

Patton has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to kill four Guard members inside the armory in Millington on Oct. 24, 2013.

Prosecutors say 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 alleged misconduct. Authorities say three guard members suffered minor injuries in the shooting.

Prosecutors say a fourth soldier fought with Patton and helped subdue him after he fled the armory.

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