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Police investigating shooting at I-75 rest area

An argument between two truckers escalated to the point that both felt they needed to pull over and get out of their trucks to settle their differences. Police say both were armed initially with sticks when they exited their trucks at the Kentucky Welcome Center off I-75 in Whitley County.

“One person struck the other one with a stick, and the person that was struck is the one that we understand to have pulled the pistol and fire the rounds,” said Sgt. Tom Atkin with Kentucky State Police.

Trucker Andy Van Hoover heard the commotion and tried to help the shooting victim.

“I put a bandage around his wound quickly…and helped him keep it elevated until the medics arrived,” he said.

As it turns out a Kentucky State Trooper was there investigating an unrelated event when he heard the gun shots and ran to help.

“He challenged him…and detained him for the purposes of the investigation,” said Sgt. Atkin.

While helping the injured man, Van Hoover said he heard a little about the alleged argument the two men were having on their radios while driving on Northbound I-75 in Tennessee.

“It was something about the argument over the CB or something, I guess on a back road, one person can’t get around another. It was road rage or something, but I don’t know,” Van Hoover said.

Police did put one man in the back of a cruiser but he wasn’t arrested.

“We do feel like that it’s sufficient for the grand jury to make a determination, but based on our determination, we’re not pressing charges at this time,” said Sgt. Atkin.

The shooting victim was taken to the hospital, but his injuries are not said to be life threatening.


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