Truck Driver Shot And Killed In Road Rage Confrontation

Gwinnett County, Georgia – A truck driver has died from injuries sustained by a gunshot wound during a road rage incident last month.

According to Gwinnett County Police, 59-year-old James Dan Gilliland has succumbed to injuries stemming from an incident February 8 when he was shot by Jamarsa Josef Williams, 31, outside the Metro Green Recycling facility in Doraville.


Jamarsa Josef Williams, 31, has been charged with the murder of 59-year-old truck driver James Dan Gilliland. / Courtesy of Gwinnett County Police Dept.


An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday charging Williams with the murder of Gilliland. Investigators say the altercation happened just before noon and began when Williams became angered as he was in his vehicle following behind Gilliland’s truck into the recycling facility.


Officials say “debris” fell from Gilliland’s truck and into the parking lot enraging Williams. Gwinnett Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said Gilliland was subsequently confronted by Williams after he pulled onto a scale. Williams parked only a short distance away and then approached Gilliland.

Police said Gilliland pulled a crowbar from his truck and began striking Williams with it. According to Cpl. Pihera, Williams then retreated to his vehicle and grabbed a handgun. He returned to Gilliland and shot him once in the abdomen.

Investigators first believed Gilliland was not fatally wounded and would recover. In an interview with last month, Cpl. Pihera told the local news outlet, “After he was shot, he was walking around and moved his truck off the scale so we didn’t think his injuries were very significant. But it turned out to be worse than they first thought.”


Williams was arrested at the scene and booked on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, Gwinnett jail records show. He was released Feb. 19 after posting a $39,100 bond.

Gwinnett Police expect Williams will turn himself in to face the new felony murder charge.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor any new developments.

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