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Unforeseen Duty Hazard: Gunfire In The Snow


Kansas City, Mo. – Some were shocked to hear that a Kansas City snowplow driver had come under gunfire early on the morning of January 8th. Then, the case became even stranger.

The 31 year old public works employee had parked the plowtruck under the Interstate 470 overpass at James A Reed Road when a brown Ford Taurus pulled alongside and shots were fired into the truck. The driver, alone in the cab, was wounded in the back.

Police Captain Rich Lockhart said--"the driver's indicated to us that he doesn't wish to prosecute the case, but that doesn't mean that we can't continue to investigate".

Lockhart said detectives will be looking for slugs in the truck body to see if they match a gun used in other crimes.

To Lockhart, refusal to prosecute indicates either fear or desire to exact personal revenge outside the law. The driver-victim has no past criminal record and Captain Lockhart said he doesn't seem to have any questionable motives in refusing to prosecute.

The only description of the gunman is that his face was covered with a bandana.

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