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Thompson charged for firing gun in argument
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Robert Lamar Thompson

A Murfreesboro man is being accused of shooting a gun in a residential neighborhood after an argument.

Robert Lamar Thompson, 27, has been charged with aggravated assault and was booked at Warren County Jail on a $50,000 bond. 

According to McMinnville police detective Sgt. Todd Rowland, additional charges are pending because five people were present when Thompson supposedly discharged the weapon.

“This situation occurred Tuesday morning at about 5 a.m. It was at New Orleans Manor on Oriole Drive,” said Rowland. “He was an acquaintance of the female victim who lives there. She reported that she had been in Smyrna. As she was coming back, he texted her wanting to hang out and come party together. They met up around 1 a.m. in Murfreesboro.”

Rowland says six people ended up at the apartment, a mixture of his friends and hers. 

“They’re hanging out, drinking and having a good time. Him and her get into an argument that leads into a fight. The fight spilled out of the apartment into the parking lot. She’s yelling at him. He’s yelling at her. It’s going back and forth.”

Details about what led to the argument are being withheld by the department for trial purposes.

Mr. Thompson denies what is being alleged to have occurred next. 

“He pulls a gun out of the back of his car and starts popping off rounds,” said Rowland. “That’s one of the things that he’s denying, but everything else he relayed to me about the event was spot on. Everything else matched what she reported to us.”

Thompson is on probation for an aggravated burglary in Murfreesboro. He was granted a judicial diversion in that case. 

A judicial diversion is a type of probation for first-time offenders who plead guilty. After successful completion of probation, the charge can be expunged off the defendant’s record. However, if the person fails to meet the terms of probation, or receives new charges during the probation period, the judge may revoke the judicial diversion.