Cracker Barrel shooting suspect indicted on attempted murder

Published 3:02 pm Thursday, February 14, 2019

COLUMBUS (AP) — A Mississippi man accused of shooting a Cracker Barrel employee has been indicted on a charge of attempted murder.

The Commercial Dispatch reported on the indictment of 28-year-old Robert Beck on Wednesday. Columbus police Chief Fred Shelton has said Beck was banned from the restaurant but entered it in June to look for an ex-girlfriend who worked there.

Police say an altercation ensued and Beck shot and wounded another worker before fleeing. He was arrested the next day in Tennessee and returned to Columbus.

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He was initially charged with aggravated assault, but Shelton has said the charge was upgraded as police felt he intended to kill the victim. A judge ordered Beck to not have contact with the ex-girlfriend or any Cracker Barrel worker.