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UPDATE: 15-Year-Old Arrested in Fatal National Guard Armory Shooting

Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 06:24 PM CDT

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LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 15-year-old Christopher Farrar has been charged in the fatal shooting of a longtime member of the National Guard at an armory.

The TBI said in a release Thursday that the teenager is charged with one count of criminal homicide and was being held without bond at a juvenile detention facility.

He is accused of shooting 45-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Michael W. Braden.

Authorities say the suspect somehow gained access to armory, which is usually locked, and fired several shots Wednesday evening. One struck Braden, who died later at a hospital.

The teenager was arrested without incident at his family's home in Lobelville, about 75 miles southwest of Nashville.

Farrar describes himself as a satanist on a Facebook page.


ORIGINAL STORY: A fatal shooting occurred on Wednesday at the US National Guard Armory in Lobelville, Tenn. in Perry County.

The victim was a Sergeant First Class, who was 20-year veteran with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He oversaw day-to-day activities of personnel, administration and maintenance. The identity is being withheld pending notification of the family.

According to a press release, Perry County deputies responded to a 911 call shortly after 4 p.m. Deputies arrived to find one male victim suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest.

While deputies began securing the scene and immediately searching for the shooter, the victim was airlifted by medical helicopter to Nashville for further treatment. The victim was later pronounced dead.

A person of interest is in custody. Police are not yet saying that person was the shooter.

Police said the shooter was described as a white male in his late teens to early 20s. He was wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans and red shirt.

During a short press conference, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said several shot were fired but declined to elaborate on relationship between the shooter and the victim.

The armory is located on Highway 13 in Perry County between the town of Lobelville and the town of Linden.

 Check back for more on this developing story.


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UPDATE: 15-Year-Old Arrested in Fatal National Guard Armory Shooting

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