Authorities investigate gunshot death of trucker Friday

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The Marshall County Sheriff’s office is investigating the gunshot death Friday of a trucker found in his truck at the junction of U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 330 in Marshall County.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s office released a statement Friday evening about a gunshot death occurring on U.S. Highway 30 west of Marshalltown.

Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman said a call was received about 9 a.m. Friday from the owner of a trucking company who said he was trying to make contact with a driver believed to be suicidal.

The trucking boss said another driver reported seeing a company truck parked on the shoulder at the junction of U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 330 in Marshall County.

Hoffman said a call was received at 9:05 from a passerby who stopped to check on a female found walking from a truck near the same location.

“The female reported that she had been prevented from leaving the truck and had been assaulted by the driver, who had now shot himself in the truck,” Hoffman said.

The sheriff said the driver was deceased when emergency responders arrived.

According to Hoffman, the driver and the female passenger were acquainted with each other and do not have any known connection to Marshall County other than having loaded the trailer in Marshalltown on Aug. 24 for delivery elsewhere in Iowa.

“We do not have reason to suspect foul play at this time,” Hoffman said. “However, we know that the driver was not alone at the time of his death, therefore we are treating the incident as though there is reason to suspect foul play in order to consider all possibilities.”

He said an investigation is ongoing.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s office was assisted on the scene by the Marshall County Medical Examiner. The body has been transported to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Ankeny for further investigation.

ThePerryNews.com will update this story as information becomes available.

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