We don’t yet know who’s responsible. We don’t yet know the motive. But someone tried to report that a Daniele Perazzi—allegedly president of the famous shotgun maker and the grandson of its founder—as a terrorist.
The whole kerfuffle began Saturday, May 17, when Colorado’s FOX31 reported that Perazzi was detained by the Adams County, Colorado, Sheriff’s Office for questioning as a potential terrorist. The only problem? Daniele Perazzi died last year, and his actual grandson doesn't share his name—nor is that grandson the president of the company.
Adams County immediately issued a statement that the event never occurred. Yet the journalist behind the story, Julie Hayden, brazenly stood by her reporting.
The local sheriff’s office was quick to rebuke her.
"It is stunning to us that they have not stepped up and said they were wrong," Sgt. Paul Gregory said. "[Fox31] had a responsibility to fact check and extensively verify information prior to going on the air and making claims that were false."
Gregory further called Fox31’s reporting “shocking and unfortunate.”