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Tenn. armory shooting suspect wanted to 'make history'

Jul. 16, 2014 - 08:28AM   |  
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Christopher Farrar, 15, was arrested on a single charge of criminal homicide after the death of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Braden.
Christopher Farrar, 15, was arrested on a single charge of criminal homicide after the death of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Braden. (Brian Wilson/The Tennessean)
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Sgt. 1st Class Michael W. Braden, 45, of Ripley, Tenn. (Tennessee National Guard)

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LOBELVILLE, TENN. — The teenage suspect in last week's National Guard armory slaying wanted to "make history" before he allegedly shot and killed a National Guard staffer in Lobelville, according to court documents.

Christopher Farrar, 15, was arrested on a single charge of criminal homicide after the death of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Braden. The victim was struck once in the chest after multiple shots were fired at the Perry County armory complex Wednesday, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

According to redacted documents filed in Perry County Juvenile Court on Friday, Farrar sent text messages before the incident occurred saying that he would "go to the armory and kill everyone until they kill me."

The suspect allegedly made two later calls — one at 4:08 p.m. apologizing and saying he was going to the armory, and another at 4:36 p.m. saying "he had done it" and was going to shower and then bury his clothes.

Less than six hours later, Farrar had been detained as a person of interest in the shooting and was later charged with the homicide.

TBI spokesman Josh Devine said at a press conference last week that investigators were still trying to determine the motive for the shooting.

Farrar is being held without bond at a Rutherford County Juvenile Detention facility. Whether he will face charges as an adult will be decided later in the court process.

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