Friday, September 28, 2012

Phoenix-Area Man Shoots Self On Live Television

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Fox News was following a high-speed car-chase from its Phoenix affiliate when the driver ditched the car, ran into a field, put a gun to his head, and apparently shot himself.

From the Guardian:

Fox News's live coverage continued as [the suspect] stopped running, raised what appeared to be a gun to his head, and fell to the ground.

The channel went back to the studio, where [Fox News anchor Shepard Smith] was seen looking off camera and shouting: "Get off it, get off it." The network swiftly cut to a commercial break.

When Smith returned, he apologised for the graphic coverage, saying that the channel had been carrying the chase on a delay to avoid such an incident, but made a mistake in broadcasting it anyway.

"While we were taking that car chase and showing it to you live, when the guy pulled over and got out of the vehicle, we went on delay," Smith said.

"We created a five-second delay so that we would see in the studio what was happening five [seconds] before you did, so if anything went horribly wrong we were able to cut away from it, " he said.

"We really messed up, and we're all very sorry. That didn't belong on television. We took every precaution ... I personally apologise to you that that happened," Shepherd continued.

"It's not time appropriate, it's not sensitive: it's just wrong," he said. "That won't happen again on my watch, and I'm terribly sorry," Smith said.

You can see both edited and unedited footage of the shooting at Buzzfeed, if you're so inclined, though I warn you that the footage is both graphic and disturbing.

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