TBI charges 15-year-old in fatal armory shooting

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged a Lobelville teenager in connection to a deadly shooting at the Perry County National Guard Armory on Wednesday.

At the request of District Attorney General Kim Helper, TBI special agents continued an investigation Thursday into the fatal shooting of Sgt. 1st Class Michael W. Braden, 45, which happened at about 4:30 p.m.

During the investigation, TBI special agents, along with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, ATF, TWRA and THP, developed information, which led to the arrest of Christopher C. Farrar, 15.

Investigators determined Farrar gained access to the armory and fired several shots, one of which hit Braden, who later died at Perry County Medical Center. TBI agents would not reveal the circumstances and motive. They said it remained part of the active investigation.

On Wednesday night, Farrar was taken into custody from his family’s home on Depriest Bend Drive without incident. Early Thursday morning, he was charged with one count of criminal homicide. He is held without bond in the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Facility.

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