JACKSON, AL – Alabama police are leading an investigation regarding a deadly shooting that took place Thursday in which a 72-year-old trucker was shot dead.
The trucker was found by police shot dead near his truck. Official statements say that it is assumed that the trucker was shot and killed Thursday around 5 a.m.
The truck driver has been identified as 72-year-old Theathor Dixon of Thomasville. Dixon was driving with a logging crew and stopped at the gravel pit off Walker Springs Road when multiple shots were fired into the truck.
During the assault, Dixon was shot multiple times and passed away at the scene.
Police say that a gravel pit employee dialed 911 immediately after they found the body. The official statement says that this was an attempted robbery. However, Jackson Police Chief Jerry Taylor told WKRG that “it appears that [Dixon] was targeted.’
Police are still looking for information that would lead to the arrest of the killer.
Taylor also has come with an official statement on the Jackson Police Department Facebook profile.
Namely, the statement reassures the local community that while they are working on a homicide investigation, there is no reason to believe there is a threat to the community. However, this statement has come under severe criticism, as evident from the comments by locals.