Arrest Made in The Murder Case of a Texas Truck Driver
Harrisburg, PA – After a months-long investigation, authorities in Pennsylvania have made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of a Texas trucker.
Police announced this week Tyree Rashaun Smith, 29, of Harrisburg, PA, has been charged with criminal homicide and firearms offenses in the the March 2021 shooting of Christopher “CJ” Hill, 26, of Houston, TX.
According to officials, the incident unfolded on March 6 shortly before midnight in the 200 block of Division Street in Harrisburg.
Hill and a fellow truck driver were returning to a hotel following a “night out,” PennLive.com reported.
At the time, Hill was employed by Sygma and residing at a local hotel through the end of summer.
Charging documents reveal Hill was driving a red Nissan Altima with a truck driver friend riding as a passenger.
Around 11:40 p.m., authorities said a person in a car behind them fired shots into the Nissan, striking Hill in the back of the head.
According to Hill’s friend, the two had been at the S Club, located at 2940 North 7th Street in Harrisburg, that evening.
The friend told police Hill asked for his keys, left the club, and returned approximately 20 minutes later.
When the two left the club for the evening, Hill offered to drive, stating his friend had too much to drink.
The men left the club only to return a few moments later to the parking lot so Hill’s friend “could get a woman’s phone number.”
After leaving for the second time and heading south on Seventh Street, Hill turned onto Division, when the gunfire began, the friend told authorities.
A bullet struck Hill in the head, causing him to drive the Nissan into a tree.
He was taken to an area hospital where he remained alive for six days, until he succumb to his injuries on March 12.
Video surveillance revealed Hill had a verbal altercation with a group of people as his friend was inside the club getting the phone number, charging documents reveal.
The video also showed two men — later identified as Smith (passenger) and driver Charles Anderson — getting into a Chrysler 300 and following the Nissan out of the parking lot.
Upon searching Smith’s home, police discovered a 9mm handgun, believed to have been used in the shooting.
Smith was arraigned on Tuesday and bail was denied because he is considered a threat to society, court records indicate.
He is charged with Criminal Homicide, Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Homicide, Firearms Not to be Carried Without License and Possession of Firearm Prohibited.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, August 25.
Hill comes from a family of truck drivers,and was saving money to buy his own semi-truck.
It was his dream to one day own his own trucking company, Hill’s family told PennLive.com.
“He didn’t deserve this at all,” his father, Daiquiri Hill, who is also a trucker, said of his son’s death. “That’s my son and my best friend at the same time. That’s what I lost.”
A GoFundMe set up in March has raised over $12,500 of its stated goal of $25,000 to help pay for medical expenses incurred in Pennsylvania.