On Wednesday, WGNS asked Public Information Officer Larry Flowers about an alleged disgruntled employee at Checkers’ and if a robbery occurred. Flowers told WGNS that was not correct. Flowers stated, A call came into our dispatch center of a shots fired call. Apparently someone fired a shot at someone else. No one physically shot. Police trying to sort things out.”.
UPDATE: As it turns out, there was more to the story - as confirmed by Flowers on Thursday. The MPD now reports that a fast-food restaurant manager has been arrested for shooting at a customer after a dispute over food and a disturbance in the parking lot of Checkers' on Wednesday.
Checkers' manager Sherrika Starnes, evidently left the restaurant, located 829 NW Broad Street, after the incident, but later came to Murfreesboro Police Department to speak to detectives. The 36-year-old is facing aggravated assault charges.
The preliminary investigation by police shows, two brothers ordered and paid for food at the restaurant at 1 p.m. Wednesday. One of the brothers complained that his food was taking too long and allegedly got into an argument with Checkers' employees. Police say he demanded his food or a refund.
Simultaneously, another man started causing problems in the parking lot, throwing rocks at the brothers, according to the MPD. The manager reportedly began yelling at the men, asking them to leave and then came outside with a handgun. One of the brothers reportedly threw a drink at the manager, and police say that was when she fired one round at him. The brothers ran next door to the Jackson Motel and waited on police. No one was injured.
Starnes was released from the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center after posting a $5,000 Bond. A hearing is scheduled for August 22 in the Rutherford County General Sessions Court.
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