Before dawn on Friday, September 23, Hardeman County (Texas) 911 received a frantic call from a truck driver who had been shot by his co-driver. The ensuing chase and shootout with law enforcement caused US 287 to be closed for several hours.
Violence is never the answer
The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that around 6:50 a.m., 911 was contacted by a caller who said his co-driver in a truck had shot him. The caller told police the truck was traveling south on U.S. 287 east of Quanah, Texas. Quanah is located between Amarillo and Fort Worth.
Hardeman County deputies located the 18-wheeler, which began to evade officers as it traveled south on US 287. The DPS said the truck driver continued to evade law enforcement for about 10 miles, then stopped.
The aggressive driver then got out of the rig and fired several shots at law officers who returned fire. Sadly, the driver died from his wounds in the shootout.
The man who called 911 was airlifted from the scene with life-threatening injuries. His condition is unknown as of publishing.
Agencies involved in the incident were the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office, Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Game Wardens and Chillicothe Police Department. Texas Rangers are investigating the officer-involved shooting.