UPDATE: Truck Stop Shooting Leads To Armed Standoff With Truck Driver
UPDATE: Tuesday, June 11 @ 9:00 a.m. – Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has learned the suspect in the shooting that took place Saturday evening at a Travel Centers of America truck stop in Hampshire, Illinois, has been charged with numerous crimes.
According to Chief Brian Thompson of the Hampshire Police Department, William M. Lutz, 57, of Dayton, Ohio has been charged with Attempted First Degree Murder, two counts of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Aggravated Battery, Armed Violence and Criminal Damage to Property.
Lutz is currently in the Kane County Adult Justice Center awaiting a bond hearing, according to authorities.
TNN can also confirm that an argument ensued between Lutz and another truck driver at the Travel Centers of America (TA) located at 19N741 Highway 20 off of Interstate 90 at approximately 6:50 p.m. and multiple shots were fired.
However, no one was hit or injured, as TNN was the first to report yesterday.
Authorities have not revealed what precipitated the argument between the truck drivers.
We will continue to monitor any new developments.
Read more of our coverage of this story below.
UPDATE: Monday, June 10 @ 4:00 p.m. – Transportation Nation Network (TNN) can now confirm no one was injured in the shooting that took place Saturday evening at a Travel Centers of America truck stop in Hampshire, Illinois.
According to a spokesperson with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Undersheriff Patrick Gengler, they received a report of shots fired at a Travel Centers of America (TA) located at 19N741 Highway 20 off of Interstate 90 in the early evening hours of Saturday, June 8.
When deputies responded they discovered “no one was hit,” according to Undersheriff Gengler.
Deputies then pursued the alleged shooter, a truck driver driving a USA Truck tractor-trailer, after he fled the scene.
Authorities then located the big rig “pulled off on an off ramp” along Highway 47 off of Interstate 90 approximately 5 miles from where the shooting took place.
Undersheriff Gengler confirmed to TNN that once officials arrived they could not see the truck driver because he was barricaded in the sleeper of his truck.
“We had to wait for the armored vehicle to get there,” he said.
Once it arrived, authorities deployed the armored vehicle and began to “tap” on the front of the truck to “get the driver’s attention,” Undersheriff Gengler said.
Thankfully, after a short time, “the driver eventually came out and surrendered,” he said.
TNN has reached out to the lead investigators of the incident to learn more about what led to the altercation.
The identity of the suspected shooter has not yet been released.
We will bring you an update as soon as we learn more, so stay logged on to TransportationNation.com for the latest.
Kane County, Illinois – A truck driver suspected to be involved in a shooting at a truck stop in Kane County on Saturday night was taken into custody by county authorities.
According to a post on its Facebook page, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office said that following a shooting at a Hampshire area truck stop, authorities located and surrounded a truck driver suspected to be involved.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has confirmed the alleged shooting took place at a Travel Centers of America (TA) located at 19N741 Highway 20 off of Interstate 90 in Hampshire.
Police pursued the suspect and located him approximately 5 miles from the TA in an area along Highway 47 off of Interstate 90.
Reports from the scene indicate the truck driver barricaded himself inside of his truck.
It is unknown how long the trucker remained inside of his rig before officers decided to move in.
According to the post, armed officers deployed an armored vehicle and approached the USA Truck tractor-trailer from the front.
Authorities said they were able to resolve the situation “peacefully” after the truck driver surrendered.
It is unclear if anyone was hurt or killed in the alleged shooting.
The identity of the suspect has not yet been released by authorities.
TNN has reached out to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office for more information and will update this article as soon as we learn more.
This is an ongoing investigation so stay logged on to TransportationNation.com for the latest.
(Image courtesy of Kane County Sheriff’s Office)