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Man accused of interstate shootings fired nearly 30 times

January 16, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Texas man accused of killing two people while randomly firing his gun along an Oklahoma interstate last month may have fired nearly 30 times, police records show.

Investigators said they found 28 shell casings inside Jeremy Doss Hardy’s pickup, as well as a gun holster, an empty pistol magazine, a magazine pouch, five rounds of ammunition in a magazine and one loose live round, The Oklahoman newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/1UX9FC6 ).

The Pasadena, Texas, man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of 45-year-old Jeffery Kent Powell of Arapaho, and 63-year-old Billie Jean West of Lone Wolf.

Police have said Hardy sped through three counties while firing from his pickup truck along Interstate 40, west of Oklahoma City, and hit at least four vehicles. He surrendered after a 25-mile chase.

Hardy agreed to take a breath test that showed his blood-alcohol level at 0.16 — twice the legal limit for driving, according to court records.

Hardy also was seen throwing something out of his pickup during the chase, and a sheriff’s deputy later found a pistol in the area that investigators have linked to Hardy, court records show.

Investigators also recovered “multiple spent bullet casings” after searching his truck, along with other evidence “consistent with gunshots being fired from inside” his truck, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Hardy was initially jailed for driving under the influence. Prosecutors added the two first-degree murder charges during a hearing in Custer County, along with other charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon. He was ordered held without bond.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents are creating a timeline of Hardy’s movements leading up to the shootings using debit cards, credit cards and checkbooks seized from Hardy’s pickup this week.


Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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