An unnamed trucker was taken to the hospital in critical condition last week after being shot in the chest by a security guard at a TA truck stop in Oklahoma City. According to police, the shooting occurred during an argument over a reserved parking space.
It was just after 4:30 am when police got a call about a shooting at the TA near I-40 and Council Road in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. When they arrived, they found that a trucker had been shot in the chest by a third-party security guard.
While the driver was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, police interviewed the security guard. According to Sgt. Brad Gilmore of the Oklahoma City Police Department, the security guard confronted the driver about being parked in a spot that was not reserved for him.
It’s not clear what exactly happened then. Some sources say the two men fought; other sources claim that there was a struggle for the firearm. According to News9, police say that “the guard discharged his firearm because he felt like he had to defend himself.”
“TA is aware of last week’s distressing incident involving a truck driver and a security guard at TA’s travel center on South Council Road in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,” reads a statement put out by TA. “TA is cooperating fully with the Oklahoma City Police, as is the third-party security company, and we await the conclusion of (the investigation by law enforcement). Our thoughts are with the truck driver and we wish him a quick and full recovery.”
After interviewing the guard, detectives elected not to arrest him. No charges have been filed.
The driver is now in stable condition.