Man Guns Down Good Samaritan Trucker and Beats Another on Nevada Highway, Police Say

Lyon County, NV – A Nevada motorist is charged with murder and other serious crimes after he allegedly shot and killed a trucker and beat another who stopped to render aid to him along a highway last night.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office (LYSO), the deadly incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Thursday along State Route 338 just south of Canal Road.


Investigators said 29-year-old motorist Matthew Strain of Sun Valley, NV, was involved in a single vehicle crash when he left his vehicle and began walking northbound.

LYSO indicated that after some time, Strain was able to waive down a truck driver who was also traveling northbound.

The trucker, identified as 36-year-old Zachary Sanchez, stepped out of the truck when Strain allegedly shot and killed him.

A short time later, a second trucker, who authorities did not identify, came upon the scene and LYSO said Strain then battered the driver in an attempt to make away with the truck.

Fortunately, the second truck driver was able to flee the attack.


He was later treated for non-life threatening injuries at a nearby hospital, LYCSO said.

Authorities received at least one 9-1-1 call reporting an active shooter along the roadway which led to a large response.

Along with LCSO, officers from the Yerington Police Department, troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol, deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, deputies from the Tri-County Gang Unit, and deputies from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office (California) were dispatched to the scene.


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When officials arrived, LCSO said Strain was found “attempting to hide.”

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with open murder, battery with a deadly weapon, and attempted robbery with a deadly weapon.


He is currently being held at the Lyon County Jail on a no-bail hold.

This is a developing story.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to gather information on the case.



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