HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville Police have charged a man with attempted murder after tempers flared over events in a courtroom Thursday morning. Officers say the man fired a gun at him a short time later just near Big Spring Park.
Police say person nearly shot, Fredrick Benjamin, was in the Madison County Courthouse for a case involving his ex-girlfriend. The woman's father, Charles Newsome, 49, of Muscle Shoals, was also in the courtroom. When charges were dropped against Benjamin, police say Mr. Newsome became very upset and had to be restrained.
Fredrick Benjamin was allowed to leave, to avoid further complications, and then Newsome was allowed to leave a short time later, separately.
Police say at approximately 9:40 a.m., Benjamin was walking through Big Spring Park near the intersection of Monroe Street and Williams Avenue, and Newsome saw him. Police say Newsome parked in the parking garage on Monroe Street and pulled a handgun out of his trunk. Officers say Newsome threatened to kill the victim in very specific terms, then fired the handgun at Benjamin as he ran for his life. He fired at least two shots, the victim said, as well as witnesses.
Benjamin got away and called police. He was not hurt.
Officers caught Newsome a short time later. They interviewed him at the South Precinct, arrested him and charged him with attempted murder.
Newsome is being held in the Huntsville/Madison County Jail. His bond has not been set yet.
Police say they recovered two handguns at the scene.