A Virginia TV reporter was granted a protective order on Wednesday after claiming he was threatened last month while reporting out in the field.
Duke Carter, a WSLS reporter, says he was reporting at a fundraiser for WDBJ shooting surviver Vicki Gardner when he heard a man, later identified as Donald “Donnie” Visel Jr., yelling at him from a truck, The Roanoke Times reports.
“Hey, Frankie Jupiter,” Visel allegedly said. Jupiter is a former WDBJ reporter.
At first, Carter ignored him, but Visel allegedly persisted, prompting Carter to respond, “I’m not Frankie Jupiter.”
“Oh, you’re right. You’re dead,” Visel allegedly answered, and then purportedly mimed pointing a gun at Carter.
“I was frozen in fear,” Carter said during court testimony Wednesday about the Sept. 5 incident. “This was the exact same road where Alison and Adam were shot.”
Carter said he was prompted to seek a protective order after no criminal charges were filed against Visel, who has a lengthy criminal record, including convictions for trespassing, as well as drug and alcohol-related convictions, The Roanoke Times reports.
For his part, Visel was mostly silent at the hearing, speaking only to say, “I just want to apologize to the man.”
Carter was granted a two-year protective order during which Visel is allowed no contact with the reporter. Visel is also forbidden from owning a gun.
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