TV network apologises for suicide

2012-09-30 09:38

Phoenix - Fox News apologised for a "severe human error" that resulted in viewers seeing a suspected carjacker fatally shoot himself after a police chase.

The coverage of the Friday incident, which sparked outrage on social media and a quick on-air apology by anchor Shepard Smith, showed a man stumbling from an allegedly stolen car into the desert near Phoenix on Friday.

As a camera in a helicopter provided live coverage, the man stopped a short distance away, pulled the trigger of a gun pointed to the right side of his head and crumpled face-forward into the ground.

"We took every precaution to avoid any such live incident by putting the helicopter pictures on a five-second delay," said Michael Clemente, Fox's executive vice president for news editorial.

"Unfortunately, this mistake was the result of a severe human error and we apologise for what viewers ultimately saw on the screen," he said in a statement issued on Friday.

The Phoenix police department on Saturday identified the man as Jodon F Romero, 33. Authorities said he fired at officers and a police helicopter at one point during the pursuit, and died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In a statement, the department said Romero had a prior history of numerous violent crimes. At the time of his death, he was believed to be wanted on at least one warrant for felony parole violation on a weapons charge, and may have been sought on a second warrant.

  • Savethe White O - 2012-09-30 09:53

    Thanks News 24 one day late already seen that on Sky news yesterday. Download it its free

  • dylan.mugabe - 2012-09-30 10:41

    Why apologise for actual news? This is the reality of life. No happy endings.

  • Theresa Rich - 2012-09-30 10:43

    And, Savethe, you would like to download it why?...

  • Teuneman - 2012-09-30 10:46

    People should see stuff like this, to show what life in crime leads to.

  • Savethe White O - 2012-09-30 10:51

    So that you can see what's happening in the rest of the world there is also CNN and of course Fox itself not just News 24 get a life

      jacowium - 2012-09-30 16:23

      "get a life" ... all because you're hip with all the news channels, and someone else asks you why you'd like to see a suicide ... wow. Some life you must lead.

  • samgaf - 2012-09-30 12:37

    wish our hi-jackers would do this

  • malcolm.j.patterson.1 - 2012-09-30 16:04

    WTF you apologizing for, here IN RSA we'd welcome newscoverage of this nature but unfortunately we don't have your resources, wish more highjackers/car thieves would do this.

  • leonard.nel - 2012-09-30 20:35

    More criminals should do that.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-01 03:21

    F*ck apologising for as*holes.!!

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