Man arrested after shooting truck driver in the chest for misbehavior, nearly running over his father
A man was arrested in Indiana earlier this week for an incident involving a truck driver who he says nearly ran over his father after driving badly.
The incident happened on August 29 near Crown Point, Indiana.
According to the lorry driver involved in the incident, the 64-year-old lorry driver was heading east on Melton Road behind Paul Sloat, 26, and his father in a Ford sedan when the Ford turned into a parking lot . The trucker then passed the Ford on the right and then moved into the left lane due to construction work. The Ford then began following the driver and an “angry” older man got out of the car and began yelling at the trucker as the vehicles were stopped on Lake Street.
The trucker told police he kept his windows closed as the man shouted and noticed a young man approaching the driver’s side of his truck, who attempted to open the truck door. The trucker then closed the door and began firing forward, and the young man fired at least six shots, hitting the trucker in the chest. The trucker then drove to an Indiana Department of Transportation building for security reasons, the Northwest Indiana Times reports.
Other reports show that the trucker removed Slot’s rear view mirror as he passed them on the left. Sloat’s dad got out of the Ford yelling ‘You took my (expletive) mirror off’ and then ‘positioned himself near the front driver’s side of the semi with his hand on the front in an attempt to stop the semi-trailer”, when the truck driver tried to start it.
At least one witness to the incident claims the truck driver appeared to intentionally attempt to run over Sloat’s father.
Sloat is currently facing attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon and battery resulting in grievous bodily harm charges. He is being held on $75,000 bail.