Investigators Make Determination On Whether To File Charges In Alabama Truck Stop Shooting
Dale County, Alabama – Dale County investigators in the trucker on trucker shooting case earlier this week at a truck stop near Clayhatchee, Alabama, are not expected to file charges against either man. Officials say the men were acting in self-defense.
Transportation Nation Network reported the incident happened at the Finnway Service Plaza on Highway 167 after 9 a.m. Wednesday. A fuel truck driver and a log truck driver began arguing over a parking space, according to Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson. As the argument escalated the fuel truck driver fired a taser striking the log truck driver. The log truck driver returned fire, but with a .22 caliber handgun.
The fuel truck driver was struck in the neck twice and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. We are now learning that man is expected to recover as reported by local news outlet the dothaneagle.com.
Here is Alabama’s self-defense statute:
Code of Alabama 13A-3-23 – “A person may use deadly physical force, and is legally presumed to be justified in using deadly physical force in self-defense or the defense of another person, if the person reasonably believes that another person is using or about to use unlawful deadly physical force.”
Investigators have determined there is not enough evidence to file charges based on the law in Alabama. However, evidence could be presented to a grand jury at a later date.
We should also note, Sheriff Olson said the log truck driver did not attempt to leave the scene and was waiting for authorities inside the store to explain his side of what happened. He has been compliant throughout the investigation.
The identities of the two men have not been released. We will bring you any new developments on this case should any new information arise.