- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A jury was selected Monday in the federal trial of a Tennessee National Guard recruiter charged with attempting to kill four of his superiors in a shooting inside an armory north of Memphis.

The jury of 10 women and two men was chosen in the trial of Amos Patton, who has pleaded not guilty in the shooting at the National Guard armory in Millington on Oct. 24, 2013.

Two alternate jurors also were selected. Opening statements are expected Tuesday.

Patton is accused of assaulting a major, a lieutenant colonel and two sergeant majors with a firearm, with intent “to do bodily harm” and commit murder. If convicted, he faces no less than 20 years in prison on the murder-related charges.

Prosecutors say Patton, a sergeant first class, pulled a gun from a fanny pack and began shooting after he was told he was being relieved of duty and dismissed from active service for alleged misconduct.

Three guard members suffered minor injuries in the shooting, investigators said. A fourth soldier helped subdue Patton after he fled the armory, officials said.

U.S. District Judge John Fowlkes said the trial is expected to run at least into Friday. Prosecutors said a plea deal had been discussed, but none was reached.

The charges specify that the shooting took place at Naval Support Activity Memphis “Northside,” a base that is under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

The base is home to human resources operations and serves as headquarters to Navy Personnel Command, Navy Recruiting Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Finance Center. The armory is across the street from the main part of the base.

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