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Updated Sep 28, 2012 - 1:41 pm

Fox apologizes for airing suspected carjacker's shooting

Shepard Smith apologizes for Fox News airing an alleged carjacker shooting himself. (Screenshot)

Shortly after airing live footage of an alleged carjacker shooting himself Fox News anchor Shepard Smith apologized to viewers.

The apology, in full, is below. You can also listen to it by clicking on the player above.

"Well, we have some explaining to do.

"While we were taking that car chase and showing it to you live, when the guy pulled over and got out of the vehicle, we went on delay, so that's why I didn't talk for about 10 seconds.

"We created a five-second delay, as if you were to bleep back your DVR five seconds, that's what we did with what we were showing you so that we in the studio would see what was happening five seconds before you did, so that if anything went horribly wrong, we'd be able to cut away from it without subjecting you to it and we really messed up and we're all very sorry. That didn't belong on TV.

"We took every precaution we knew how to take to keep that from being on TV and I personally apologize to you that that happened. Sometimes, we see a lot of things that we don't let get to you, because it's not time-appropriate, it's insensitive, it's just wrong and that was wrong and that won't happen again on my watch and I'm sorry.

"We'll update you on what happened with that guy and how that went down tonight on the Fox Report.

"I'm sorry."

Immediately after the suspect shot himself, Fox showed a brief shot of Smith urgently instructing someone off-camera to drop the feed and then cut to commercial.

Smith issued the apology after the station came back from the break.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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