Tennessee TV Weatherman Shot by Crossbow


0  Updated at 9:40 am, June 5th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.) — A Tennessee man is in court Tuesday facing charges that he shot his former roommate, a TV weatherman, with a crossbow during a home invasion.

Gerald Taylor, 53, is accused of breaking into the home he once shared with Rob Williams early Monday morning and shooting him with a crossbow.  Taylor allegedly also fired a pistol at Williams but missed, according to Johnson City police.

Taylor fled the scene on foot and was apprehended on a boat dock below the home, police said.

“Mr. Taylor was found to have a pistol in his hand when approached by officers and after a brief stand-off, and being tased by officers, he was taken into custody without further incident,” police said in a statement.

Williams, who works as a meteorologist at local CBS affiliate WJHL, had served Taylor with an order of protection on May 29, according to Johnson City Police, forcing the suspect to vacate the home.

It was unknown what caused the falling out between the two men.

The meteorologist said he is recovering and thanked well-wishers for their concern.

“I am working with police as they continue their investigation into this matter. I’m looking forward to returning on air very soon,” he said in a statement issued to his station WJHL.

Taylor faces charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated burglary and violation of an order of protection.

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