Truck Driver Shot at Houston Hotel, Tries to Find Helpby Jana Ritter - Published: 4/29/2016
A string of truck driver homicides have been occurring across the U.S. recently and the latest incident happened in Houston, TX where a truck driver was shot and killed Friday morning. Just three weeks ago, a truck driver was found dead from gunshot wounds in his cab in Polk County, NC and on March 8th, another truck driver was killed at a truck stop in Sumner, WA. While the incidents are likely unrelated, they’re certainly tragic reminders for truck drivers to take caution while alone on the job.
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Houston police said Friday’s incident occurred at around 4:30am and started at the Sun Suites Extended Stay hotel in the 12400 block of the Gulf Freeway. According to investigators, truck driver Alex Benson, got into an altercation with one or two individuals and someone opened fire on him. The 48 year-old truck was shot, but police say he managed to get into his truck and drive away from the scene. Benson then drove to an overpass on the Gulf Freeway near Almeda Mall, where he stopped the truck and got out. The most tragic part of the story is that Benson had been stumbling along the road, trying to get help, but instead he fell 15 feet off the overpass and landed in a U-Turn lane below.
Benson was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the neck and his 18-wheeler was located on the Gulf Freeway with a gunshot through its windshield. Houston police quickly began to investigate the homicide and within hours they narrowed their search to two suspects who had fled the hotel parking lot in a blue Dodge sedan. They were described only as "a black man and a white woman." However, it’s since been reported that police were able to track the suspects down and brought them in for questioning. Police are also trying to determine if the truck driver’s shooting is related to another shooting that happened in the same area earlier Friday morning.
HPD are asking anyone with information related to these shootings to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.