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Docs: Missouri man charged for shooting tow truck driver on I-70

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — A Missouri man has been charged with attempted murder after a tow truck driver was shot on I-70.

Court documents state that on Friday suspect Joseph Jackson, 22, of Raytown, Missouri, had called for a tow truck near the eastbound rest park on I-70 at the 64-mile marker.

He is also charged with aggravated battery, neglect of a dependent, carrying a handgun without a license, and the theft of the tow truck.

Jackson stated that he suffered a flat tire on his gray Jeep. According to court documents, Jackson states that some sort of altercation between himself and 38-year-old tow truck driver Matthew Roberts took place after the Jeep was already loaded on the flatbed of the tow truck with Jackson’s 4-year-old daughter in the tow truck vehicle.

Jackson admitted to police that he shot two to three rounds at the tow truck driver.

Roberts was interviewed by police on Saturday. According to court documents, Roberts’ interview took place is in a room at Eskenazi Hospital. Roberts states that he arrived for this breakdown at the I-70 eastbound rest park, and then asked Jackson and his daughter to get in his truck mostly for safety issues.

According to court documents, Roberts loaded Jackson’s Jeep onto his flatbed truck. Documents state that Roberts got back in the truck and Jackson’s 4- year old daughter moved up to the front seat. Roberts greeted the child.

Roberts states that he just wanted to pull over and talk about payments and what they were going to do as far as where to take them and his vehicle. Roberts said he noticed a behavioral change in Jackson and that he was acting strange, according to court documents.

Court documents say Jackson reached down with his right hand and told Roberts that that he will kill him right here. Documents state that Jackson then pulled a black gun out. Roberts exited the vehicle but was first hit with a bullet in his left forearm.

Jackson had his initial hearing Monday and is being held in the Hendricks County Jail.

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