Shepard Smith, apologies after on live TV, a man fatally shoots himself in the head following a low-speed carjacking in Phoenix and ending near the California border.
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.
This incident sparked cause outrage on media networks. He was pronounced dead at the scene and has not yet been identified, according to various news reports.
After a commercial break, Smith addressed what happened, saying that the network had “some explaining to do”:
When the guy pulled over and got out of the vehicle, we were on delay . . . [so] we would see in the studio what was happening and we’d be able to cut away from it without subjecting you to it. We took every precaution. . . . I personally apologize to you that that happened. It’s not time-appropriate, it’s insensitive, it was just wrong and that won’t happen again on my watch.
“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
“Unfortunately, this mistake was the result of a severe
human error and we apologize for what viewers ultimately saw on the screen,”
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.