A trucker and Army veteran was shot and killed in a road rage incident in Omaha, Nebraska late last month. Police have arrested one suspect as an accessory, but say that the shooter is still unknown.
32-year-old James Womack was stopped at the intersection of 60th and L Street when the shooting occurred. Craig Kellerman, a witness interviewed by KMTV, was driving by when he saw the incident occur.
According to Kellerman, Womack had gotten out of his truck, walked up to a beige pickup behind him and yelled at the driver.
“(He) said his piece and started walking back to his truck, and as soon as he turned around, from what I could tell, he got shot in the back three times,” Kellerman explained. “He just kind of collapsed and rolled over.”
The pickup sped off and was later found abandoned. EMTs arrived quickly, but Womack was pronounced dead at the hospital. Womack was a veteran who served three tours of duty in Iraq.
“All he cared about was his kids and his family,” said Jose Cardenas, a close friend who had served two tours with Womack. “He came to Omaha because he wanted a better life for his wife and kids.”
One suspect, Michael Benson, was arrested and charged with being an accessory, but no other arrests have been made.
“Being an accessory, at least at this point in time in the investigation, means several things,” explained Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine to WOWT News. “It’s helping somebody after the fact, providing transportation, not being honest with the police – those are things that are part of an accessory charge, so we’ll see where that leads us.”