Suspect Named in Road Rage Murder of 30-Year-Old Trucker, Search Ongoing
Greensboro, GA – Georgia law enforcement officials have identified a suspect in the shooting death of a 30-year-old trucker last month.
Joseph Lee Briggs, Jr., of Manning, SC, died following what investigators believe was a road rage attack on Interstate 20 in Greensboro on Friday, April 9.
An investigation revealed Briggs was traveling westbound on I-20 when at approximately 6:45 a.m. his tractor-trailer crossed over the westbound lanes, through the grassy median and into the eastbound lanes before coming to rest in the woods at mile marker 132, near the Veazey Road bridge.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) reported Briggs was found deceased at the scene having suffered “multiple gunshot wounds.”
GBI has named a suspect in the case and secured a warrant for the arrest of Deron Demond Bell, 20, of Norcross, GA.
Bell’s whereabouts are currently unknown at this time.
The GBI says investigators with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service have been actively looking for Bell in connection to the murder since shortly following the deadly incident.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Greene County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Friday, “The marshals are working hard on it … it’s a matter of time.”
Harrison praised Briggs as “the kind of man you’d like your son to be,” explaining he has learned about the victim through Briggs’s family.
“It’s been hard on my parents. It’s hard to accept. It happened so suddenly and abruptly,” Elizabeth Gaymon, one of Briggs’s two older sisters told the Athens Banner-Herald. “Joseph was a hard-working person, an outstanding citizen. My dad taught him and all of us to respect yourself and respect others. Work hard and put forth an effort to achieve what you set out to do.”
Gaymon stated her brother had been a professional trucker for 10 years and was only a short distance from his destination at the time of his tragic death.
“I did ask the company if his delivery was somewhere near where he was (killed) and they said he was only about 30 minutes more from it up the road,” Gaymon said. “He was almost to his destination.”
Investigators have not revealed what is believed to have led to the shooting.
Anyone with information on Bell’s location is asked to call the Greene County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 453-3551 or the GBI’s Regional Investigative Office in Milledgeville, GA at (478) 445-4173.