East Tennessee man charged with attacking tv weatherman

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Johnson City Police have charged a man with attempted murder after a television weatherman was shot and wounded with a bolt from a crossbow.

The Johnson City Press reported 53-year-old Gerald D. Taylor was arrested Monday morning in an attack on Rob Williams during a break-in at the victim's home. Williams is a weatherman at WJHL-TV.

Williams told police he ran from his home after the attack and said Taylor also fired a pistol at him, but missed.

Police said they found Taylor at boat dock near Williams' house with a pistol in his hand. Officers shot him with a stun device and arrested him. Taylor was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated burglary and violating an order of protection.

Taylor was booked at the Washington County Detention Center and will appear for arraignment Tuesday.


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