Trucker Says Rig Hit by Bullets in Oklahoma Highway Shooting

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Trucker says rig hit by bullets in Oklahoma highway shooting.

TULSA, Okla. — A trucker who was driving on an Oklahoma interstate where two people were fatally shot said his tractor-trailer was struck by bullets, with one round narrowly missing him.

Josh Morris of Weatherford was making his second 80-mile run of the night late Wednesday and into early Thursday when he said a pickup sped past him twice on Interstate 40 in a 10-minute span. The round lodged in a metal plate inside the door. “I heard a ‘thunk’ on the side of my door and he whizzed on by and went a distance,” Morris told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday. “At that time, I didn’t know how fortunate I was. I call it an ‘Oh, Jesus,’ moment.” The man authorities have said is their sole suspect in the shootings, 36-year-old Jeremy Doss Hardy of Pasadena, Texas, is jailed in Custer County on a preliminary complaint of driving under the influence. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that Hardy is the “only person” being investigated for the shootings and more charges are likely.

Jessica Brown, a spokeswoman for the OSBI, said agents expected to submit an affidavit to prosecutors Friday. “With the scope of this investigation, it takes a lot of time to put all the information together,” Brown said. “We have many different crime scenes; it’s a massive undertaking.” The two people killed were 45-year-old Jeffrey Kent Powell of Arapaho and 63-year-old Billie Jean West of Lone Wolf. I’m praying that that’s not something he’s capable of doing.” Morris said when the pickup passed him for the first time, it caught his attention because it had its brights on and was moving fast.

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