PALMYRA, IN—24-year-old Jacob T. McClanahan, a Ramsey volunteer firefighter, was shot and killed, along with the motorist he was assisting.
Two Killed in Police-Involved Shooting near Palmyra https://t.co/056dC60hhY
— Indiana State Police (@IndStatePolice) May 17, 2022
According to police, the driver of the stranded vehicle, 34-year-old Justin Moore, was stopped on the side of the road.
Firefighter McClanahan and another individual stopped to help Moore. Soon after, a police officer pulled over to assist as well.
Just after Moore came out of his vehicle, shots were fired.
Both McClanahan and Moore were killed.
The police officer present was treated for minor injuries.
Indiana State Police are still investigating what happened.
— Sgt. Carey Huls (@ISPSellersburg) May 18, 2022
A Facebook post by the Harrison Township Fire Department said:
“Nothing makes sense that anyone could be murdered while stopping & rendering aid.
Jacob is a true hero that will forever be remembered living the selfless life he did.
A true firefighter that was always there when you needed help.
Godspeed Jacob T. McClanahan.
Your brothers at Harrison Township will miss you.
Gone but never forgotten. #RFB”
Supporting Heroes posted on Facebook:
“With regret, we announce the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Jacob McClanahan of the Ramsey (Indiana) Volunteer Fire Department.
(Ramsey is approximately 20 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky.)
Monday evening, Volunteer Firefighter McClanahan stopped to offer assistance at what he believed to be a motor vehicle accident.
A police officer was already on the scene, and there was a vehicle off the roadway partially in a ditch.
Firefighter McClanahan identified himself as a firefighter and asked if assistance was needed.
The officer asked him to stay with him, and the motorist questioned whether he was really a firefighter.
Firefighter McClanahan displayed his firefighter credentials and also determined that the individual was not injured in any way.
A short time later, the suspect reached into the vehicle, removed a shotgun, and opened fire on the officer and Firefighter McClanahan.
Firefighter McClanahan received fatal wounds and died at the scene. The officer returned fire and struck and killed the suspect.
Tributes and condolences to Firefighter McClanahan can be posted here.
In an update on the events that took place, Indiana State Police said the driver of the stranded vehicle allegedly was the one who fired a shotgun at firefighter McClanahan and the police officer who stopped to assist him.
According to bodycam footage, the police officer present asked Moore if he had firearms on him. Moore responded he only had a knife.
According to Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk, Moore then reached into the vehicle and pulled out a shotgun.
He then began firing and missed the police officer.
The second round hit firefighter McClanahan.
Indiana State Police said the police officer returned fire, killing Moore.
A Palmyra reserve police officer was nearly hit by a shotgun blast fired by 31-year-old Justin Moore of Owensboro, Kentucky before he shot back, killing the man, an official said. https://t.co/LyKvUuclon
— WRTV Indianapolis (@wrtv) May 19, 2022
“I have watched this body cam footage more times than I’d like to try and make sense of a senseless killing.
In a civilized and decent society people shouldn’t be killed for simply helping out.”
“…there was nothing that would have ever indicated that he was about to attempt to kill multiple people.”
Schalk continued with a comment about the McClanahan family:
“He wasn’t just a firefighter, he was somebody’s son.
His legacy should not be defined by his final moments, rather he should be remembered for having a servant’s heart.
[McClanahan] died doing what he was known to do: helping others.”
Justin Moore, from Kentucky, pulled a shotgun on volunteer firefighter Jacob McClanahan and shot him, he was quickly shot by police. https://t.co/ETAaipGn6g
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) May 19, 2022
Rachel Crisp, the mother of the alleged shooter, said about her son:
“He was talking about vampires following him home.
Just crazy nonsense stuff like that.
It just doesn’t make any sense.”
“He was just there trying to help my son.
I feel sorry for his parents, and his family members.
Here he was, trying to do a good deed and everything, and then get caught up in the mess like this and end up losing his life.”
CLAY COUNTY, MO – The 72-year-old man that was the victim of a brutal roadside beating that transpired in Clay County earlier in May, when he was acting as a Good Samaritan trying to help a stranded driver, is speaking out about the experience.
Needless to say, this elderly man that was beaten within an inch of his life on the interstate says he’ll likely never help a stranded driver again.
On May 4th, 72-year-old Jason Jones was driving toward Kansas City on I-35 when he had seen a driver that had a blown out tire pulled over on the side of the road.
The occupants from the stranded vehicle were later identified as 19-year-old Choyce Davis and a juvenile female.
Jones had pulled over to help the two people from the stranded vehicle, noting that the man later identified as Davis was a bit “stand-offish”:
“He was kind of stand-offish, like kind of wish I hadn’t stopped, but I kept asking and they kept saying yes.”
Davis and the juvenile female were said to have jumped into Jones’s van where he later took them to a couple of salvage yards to search for a spare tire for the one that had blown out.
According to Jones, they eventually found a tire and the three hopped back into Jones’s van where he proceeded to drive them back to where their vehicle located near the Holt exit on the I-35:
“We got their tire, got back in the van and just barely started off. All the sudden something hit me on top of the head.”
While in the van, the juvenile female had allegedly grabbed what was described as a metal rod and struck Jones in his skull. After getting hit with the metal rod, Jones attempted to stop the juvenile female but wound up veering off the side of the road:
“I knew what was happening. We were going in the ditch. So I turned around, grabbed the draw pin, opened the door and dived out on my head.”
Davis had allegedly grabbed Jones by the neck and started the choking him while punching him in the face multiple times. Jones described the feeling of helplessness during the attack, noting that with his age there was nothing he could do but simply endure the beating:
“There was nothing I could do. I’m 72 years old. My energy was gone. There was nothing I could do but take it.”
Someone passing by the scene of the incident had called 911, which deputies wound up arriving on the scene and arresting Davis and the juvenile female. Prior to the arrival of deputies, the two suspects had allegedly attempted to steal Jones’s van, but it was stuck in the mud in the ditch.
All Jones was trying to do was help out the two stranded people, which he now says he’s going to “think twice” before he ever does anything like that again:
“In today’s world, nobody does that and that was my thing. I’ve always stopped to help people. They’ve always appreciated it — until now. Now at my age, maybe I’ll think twice next time before I do it again.”
Davis was reportedly booked into the Clay County Detention Center, where his bond was set at $25,000. Jail records show that Davis is no longer in custody, which Jones is justifiably angry to learn that Davis made bail:
“He needed to stay there until he rotted away as far as I’m concerned.”
Davis’s next court date for the incident is slated for June 2nd. The juvenile female suspect, who has not been identified by authorities due to her age, could ultimately be charged as an adult – but it is unclear if that will transpire.
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NEW YORK, NY – New York Police Department is seeking a “gang” of people after a good Samaritan jumped onto subway tracks to save a man they were beating. The good Samaritan was struck by the incoming train and killed.
The attack happened early on New Years Day at the Fordham Road subway station in the Bronx borough. Police say the incident started when the ‘gang’ members approached an unnamed victim on the subway platform.
One of the suspects then approached the man with a knife in his hand. Instead of stabbing the victim, the group began beating him and caused him to fall on the subway tracks. The New York Police Department said:
“During the assault, the victim fell to the roadbed while an oncoming train approached.”
A good Samaritan, seeing what was happening, decided that he was going to attempt to save the victim from the oncoming train. Sadly, instead of saving the man, the good Samaritan ended up losing his life when the train struck and killed him.
The victim was able to avoid being struck by the subway train but was transported to a local hospital for a broken arm. New York Police Department has not released any details as to why the victim may have been targeted in the attack.
NYPD reported the attack was caught on video surveillance in the subway station which showed somewhere around 12 different people who were involved in the attack in some manner. After the attack, NYPD reported the group fled:
“[The gang] fled the location, from the station, in unknown direction(s).”
The New York Police Department has released video from surveillance cameras capturing the suspects. They are asking anyone who can identify any of the people in the pictures to contact the New York Police Department.
If a person can identify the suspects involved and they wish to remain anonymous, they can do so by contacting the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers at 800 577-8477.
Sadly, this is just one example of many in terms of violence in subway stations in New York City. Another incident, which occurred on January 10th, an 18 year old man was shot and wounded during what witnesses described as an argument.
In this case, the victim was traveling on the northbound 2 train at the Bronx Park East subway just before 3:30 pm when he got into some type of argument with two other people.
At some point during the argument, one of the two pulled a firearm and shot the young man in the stomach and right arm.
The suspects fled the scene after the shooting and the victim was able to exit the train under his own power two stops later. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he was listed in stable condition and is expected to survive.
One of the witnesses reported hearing the gunshots and the suspects fleeing the scene. The witness said:
“I heard some ‘pow-pows,’ like some gunshots. I saw some of the boys running up towards the train station to, like, run away from the area. Like I said, it was very quick, very subtle. There wasn’t a lot of commotion. It was fast.”
Investigators with the New York Police Department have not released the name of the victim in this case. They also advise that the motive behind the shooting is unknown currently.
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