Station Manager: We Had To Call The Police When We Fired Vester Flanigan (VIDEO)
The station manager of WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia said police were called several years ago on shooting suspect Vester Lee Flanagan after they fired him for being difficult to work with. He also said Flanagan once filed a complaint accusing the station of racism, something he believes was “fabricated.”
Jeff Marks, WDBJ7’s general manager, appeared on set Wednesday to discuss the victims and suspect of the murder that was caught on live television. The station’s two journalists slain on-air were Alison Parker and Adam Ward, both shot by the suspect, 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan, a former station reporter who went by Bryce Williams on-air.
“I’ll tell you what I know,” Marks said. “Vester was an unhappy man. We employed him as a reporter and he had some talent in that respect and some experience, although he had been out of the business for a while. When he was hired here, he quickly gathered a reputation as someone who was difficult to work with. He was sort of looking out for people to say things that he could take offense to.”