Driver Of Tractor Trailer Shot At From Behind - Headrest Stops Bullet

PACIFIC, Mo. - Last Friday (October 10) at approximately 8:15 PM, deputies received a call in reference to an assault that occurred in the area of I-44 near the Pacific exit. Eureka Police contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and advised they were out with a tractor trailer that was shot by a passing motorist near the 257 mile marker on east bound 44.

It was reported that St. Louis County Police were with the suspects in the area of I-44 and the 270 interchange, Sherriff Gary Toelke stated in a press release from this morning.

Upon arrival, deputies determined that a tractor trailer had a bullet hole to the rear of the driver side door. The bullet then went into the head rest of the seat and came to a stop between the front of the seat cover and the padding for the seat.

The driver of the tractor stated he was in the slow lane and the suspect vehicle came up beside him tailgating another vehicle. The vehicle that was being tailgate ultimately slowed down and got over and the suspect vehicle passed. 

After various exchanges of lane changes the victim stated that he looked over and observed a muzzle flash and heard bullet hit his truck.

The suspect admitted to shooting at the truck and stated that it was an incident of road rage and he feared for his life.  There was a female passenger in the vehicle with the male suspect.  The suspect was taken in to custody for investigation of assault first. 

He was later charged with assault first and armed criminal action.  He is identified as William Jordan, a black male from Oklahoma.  His bond is $75,000.00 cash only.