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Family says truck driver was lured by phony phone call, then fatally ambushed


The family of a truck driver who was fatally shot in Florida says that they believe he was lured out of his home and ambushed by a suspect who is still at large.

The shooting happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 24, in Apopka, Florida, according to a report from WFTV.

Family members say that 47 year old truck driver Elias Bratcher was at his home when he got a call from a person claiming to be a police officer at 3 a.m. When Bratcher arrived at the place his truck was parked on Marden Road, he was reportedly ambushed and shot multiple times while he was still inside his personal vehicle.

Bratcher was dead at the scene by the time that police arrived.


Bratcher’s brother Naim Mustafa said, “It was someone pretending to be the police and say, ‘Hey your truck is open, come out.’ So that’s what he did. They shot him and killed him for no reason. He didn’t even have a chance to defend himself. He didn’t even have a chance to get out of the vehicle and they murdered him.”

Police have not yet made any arrests in connection with Bratcher’s death.

Bratcher’s family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter. If you have information, you can call 800-423-TIPS (8477).


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