Saying he was threatened, TV reporter gets protective order

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Posted: Sep 24, 2015 5:23 AM

CHRISTIANBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia television reporter has been granted a protective order after he says a man made a shooting motion at him about a week after the on-air killings of two TV journalists from a neighboring station.

The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1PtUz4t ) reports that Duke Carter, a reporter for Roanoke station WSLS, obtained a protective order Wednesday against 28-year-old Donald "Donnie" Visel Jr. in Montgomery County Court.

On Sept. 5, Carter says he was reporting on a fundraiser for WDBJ shooting survivor Vicki Gardner when Visel drove by and called him Frankie Jupiter, a former WDBJ reporter. Carter says Visel then told him, "You're dead," and made a shooting motion toward Carter.

WDBJ journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed Aug. 28 by a former co-worker while filming a news report.

Visel told Judge Randal Duncan during the hearing that he wanted to apologize to Carter.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com