Father of police shootout victim appears in court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Father of police shootout victim appears in court

Chastain Montgomery, Sr. Chastain Montgomery, Sr.

COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - A judge denied bond Friday for a Tennessee prison guard facing charges related to a police shootout that left the man's son dead - a firefight that police said may be somehow linked to the slayings of two postal workers last fall.

Tipton County General Sessions Judge William A. Peeler told Chastain Montgomery he would not set bond because Montgomery was still under investigation and would likely face additional charges.

Montgomery looked at the judge and nodded his head as the charges against him, stemming from a police shootout that killed his son early this week, were read.

Federal authorities are investigating whether a gun used by Chastain Montgomery Jr. in the shootout is linked to the fatal shooting of two U.S. postal workers in Henning last fall.

Montgomery told the judge that he didn't have an attorney, but that his family was helping him hire one.

Outside the courtroom, after the hearing, the elder Chastain Montgomery's uncle said the family was shocked to hear of the charges.

"He is a member of the family and sometimes it's best to get information firsthand," said Marvin Montgomery. "That way you know."

Marvin Montgomery, who said he is in his 70s, said his nephew grew up in Henning and was a good child.

"(He) never gave my brother, his father, any trouble," he said. "Very respectful."

The uncle said the death of Chastain Montgomery Jr. has been very hard on the family, most of whom live in and around Henning - a rural community of about 1,200 people about 45 miles northeast of Memphis.

"Any loss is tough, despite how it might have come to an end," he said.

Marvin Montgomery said he has not been able to talk with his nephew since his arrest on Monday.

Mason Police Chief James Paris told The Associated Press on Thursday that U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigators are checking to see if the gun that police say 18-year-old Chastain Montgomery Jr. fired at officers before he was shot and killed Monday was also used in the post office crime.

Paris said he is not involved in the investigation because he was at the scene of the shootout this week, but he said he is kept informed about the investigation.

Retail clerk Paula Robinson, 33, and rural letter carrier Judy Spray, 59, were found shot to death Oct. 18 inside the post office in Henning.

Authorities called the attack senseless killings made with "disturbing violence." They offered a reward of $50,000 for information that led to a conviction.

The two crime investigations involve federal, state and local agencies.

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