Trucker Tragically Takes His Own Life During Vehicle Inspection, Police Say

Trucker Who Police Say Killed Himself During Inspection is Identified, Questions Still Remain

Rochester, MN – A trucker tragically took his own life today after being stopped for an inspection in Minnesota.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP), three troopers assigned to the Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle unit stopped a semi-truck pulling a partially loaded flatbed trailer at about 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday for a vehicle inspection.


The driver of the big rig parked in the Miracle Mile shopping center parking lot located at 115 16th Ave NW in Rochester.

MSP said the troopers attempted to detain the driver for failing to produce identification at around 8:30 a.m.

That’s when investigators say the truck driver, who has yet to be identified, reportedly pulled a gun and fired two rounds to his head.

The driver was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Audio from 9-1-1 calls related to the incident has since been released.

“He just shot himself! Shots fired!” exclaimed one caller.

“Get medical coming! Get medical coming!” urged another caller.

LISTEN to the audio below.

An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

According to local outlet FOX 9, the three troopers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Rochester Police Department. will continue to follow this story.

If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Hotline is open 24/7.

Call them at (800) 273-8255.

Your life matters.

Photo courtesy of FOX 9

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