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Cops: Fight over TV erupts in gunfire

Talk about too much TV violence: Police say a man fired shots at his former roommates during a fight over a television set.

Michael L. Backemeyer, 35, was arrested Sunday after police identified him as a suspect in the Dec. 26 shooting at 807 E. Augusta Ave.

Backemeyer was kicked out of the apartment by other tenants for stealing, police say. He showed up at the building to retrieve his television, but the tenants wouldn't let him take it because they said he owed them money.

"Backemeyer became angry and pointed a handgun at one of the tenants," police said in a news release. "Officers found two bullet holes inside the ceiling and wall in the apartment."

Police identified Backemeyer in part through witness descriptions of his distinct tattoos, including one of Benjamin Franklin on the back of his hand, according to court documents.

Officers arrested Backemeyer near North Nevada Street and East Joseph Avenue. He's due in court today on charges of first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

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