JPD PRESS RELEASE
Police Charge Man with Shooting Out the Windows of a Passerby's Truck; Shooter Thought He was Shooting at a Truck Thief
Jackson police charged Tyler Rushing, 20, with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in a Saturday shooting where he shot out a passerby's truck windows with a shotgun. He was arraigned, and bond was set in Jackson City Court Monday morning.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 24 in City Court. He is currently being held at the Madison County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Police first received a call about a stolen truck shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday. The investigation revealed that Obie Beard, of Denmark, was driving his white Ford Ranger and searching for the residence at 1110 Rushmeade Road. He was unfamiliar with the area and pulled into Rushing's driveway, at 1114 Rushmeade Road, to turn around and continue looking for his destination.
Coincidentally Rushing's father owns a white Ford Ranger, which was not parked in its usual spot. Upon seeing Beard's truck pull out of the driveway and go down the road, Rushing thought that someone had just stolen his father's truck. He told his sister to call police.
Moments later Beard drove slowly by Rushing's residence, from the opposite direction, still looking for his destination. Rushing thought this was the stolen truck. He grabbed a shotgun from inside the residence and started shooting at the suspected truck thief. He shot out Beard's passenger and back windows. Beard drove away to safety. He was not injured.
Rushing's father's truck was actually parked on the side of the residence.
Police took Rushing into custody and seized a Remington 12 gauge shotgun.
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