A Volunteer Firefighter Killed and Police Officer Injured when Stranded Motorist they Stopped to help Opened Fire
The worst things happen to the nicest of people. Maybe that's true after-all...
It makes no sense to me why terrible things happen to good people and this event continues that questioning for me. A stranded motorist fatally shot a firefighter and injured an officer when they stopped to help him. The motorist, later identified as Justin Moore, was shot by the officer after taking the life of the firefighter.
Just before 9:30 pm earlier this week state police say Moore had run out of gas and pulled to the side of the highway. According to a news release from the police, he had asked residents in the area for gas money so he can buy some gas and then returned to the car.
Three individuals then stopped to help Moore. Reserve officer Zachary Holly, a resident Jacob McClanahan, and Jacob’s friend. When approaching Moore, Zachary Holly asked if there were any weapons in the car. To this, Moore responded no but he did say he was in possession of a knife, and shortly after he was asked to place it inside the car.
"The investigation reveals that as Justin Moore entered his car to return the knife, he quickly turned around brandishing a shotgun, and fired at Officer Holly. Officer Holly then returned fire with his department pistol. Justin Moore fired the shotgun a second time and fatally struck Jacob McClanahan. Officer Holly continued to return fire with his department weapon, fatally striking Justin Moore."
The news release said.
With minor injuries, Holly was taken to the Harrison County Hospital. On the other hand, McClanahan, a volunteer firefighter with the Ramsey Fire Department was killed after being a nice guy.
"It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of one of our firefighters Jacob T. McClanahan!! Jacob never had a negative word to say about anything that was going on and always looked at the brighter side of things!! Jacob T will be missed around here. Please keep The McClanahan family in your prayers!"
A Facebook post from the fire department said.