Georgia police say that they will not file charges against a truck driver who shot another trucker multiple times during a dispute at the fuel pumps yesterday.
The incident began around 1 p.m. yesterday at the Love’s truck stop off of I-75 in Butts County, Georgia, according to the Jackson Progress-Argus.
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An argument between two truck drivers began at the fuel pumps when the driver waiting behind the driver at the pump left his truck to confront that driver for taking too long.
Butts County Sheriff Gary Long says that after the initial argument, the driver from the rear truck returned to his vehicle and produced a firearm. At this point, the truck driver at the fuel island opened fire into the other driver’s cab, with gunfire hitting the driver as many as three times.
Butts County investigator says shooting victim was alert, conscious and breathing when he was rushed by chopper to a Macon hospital. Suspected gunman (not pictured) is on scene, but not in custody. @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/y485JT7EHg
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The driver of the rear truck was airlifted to the hospital. His current condition is unknown.
The shooter stayed at the scene and cooperated with police after the incident.
Long says the he reviewed dash cam footage from the rear truck and gathered witness statements. He says that his investigation revealed that the shooter acted in self defense and therefore he will not not be charged. “Based on witness statements, the victim and the shooter, and video and audio of the incident, it clearly shows self-defense,” said Long.
“I think a person’s got a right to defend himself and that’s my take at this point. The guy defended himself,” Long concluded.