Ex-MEAT PUPPETS Bassist Arrested On Assault Charge

Former MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood was arrested by federal officials Tuesday morning (Dec. 30), five days after being shot in the stomach by a post office security guard, according to RollingStone.com.

Kirkwood, 43, was arrested as he left Arizona's Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was taken after he was shot by a post office security guard on Friday (Dec. 26). He was hit with a single charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to do bodily harm, according to Harriet Bernick, a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney's office. The felony charge carries a maximum of ten years in prison.

Kirkwood and a woman had apparently been fighting over a parking space in front of a post office in downtown Phoenix on Friday.

The woman told a guard what happened, and she and Kirkwood again began fighting in the post office with the guard trying to mediate, said FBI spokeswoman Susan Herskovits.

The guard asked Kirkwood to leave, but Kirkwood allegedly shoved the guard and then punched him, taking away the guard's collapsible baton, Herskovits said.

Kirkwood then allegedly hit the guard on the head with the baton, which led the guard to draw his handgun. He fired on Kirkwood once.

Kirkwood remained in federal custody Tuesday afternoon awaiting an initial appearance in which he was to be informed of the charges.

MEAT PUPPETS soared to worldwide prominence a decade ago thanks to the 1994 album "Too High to Die" and an appearance on NIRVANA's "MTV Unplugged" episode. The group was led by Kirkwood and his guitarist brother Curt.

Cris Kirkwood has reportedly battled substance abuse in the years since, and did not participate in the group's last album, 2000's "Golden Lies".


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