Update at 11:30 a.m.: Authorities said a man was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed another man at a Pacific truck stop Wednesday.
Franklin County Prosecutor Bob Parks told The Missourian that a 51-year-old Kentucky man was attacked before firing a gun at a West Virginia man, at the Pilot Travel Center at 1475 Thornton St.
“There was video from the truck stop and a witness who verified the shooter’s statement that (the gunshot victim) came up and pushed him, and he defended himself,” Parks said.
Bryan Tackett, 50, Hamlin, W.Va., was transported by Meramec Ambulance to Mercy Hospital Washington following the shooting. He later died from the injuries.
Police have not identified the shooter. According to Pacific police both men were truck drivers and the altercation may have begun on Interstate 44.
The shooter was taken into custody but has been released.
“We will continue to investigate all possibilities,” Parks said.