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New Details In Fatal Interstate Shooting

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by Nick Beres

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. - Detectives think they may know how a motorist was gunned down on Interstate 24 over the weekend, but they have no suspect or motive.

"We are classifying this as a homicide," said Rutherford County sheriff Robert Arnold

Early Sunday morning, detectives arrived to find the body of 47-year-old Jackie Warpoole Jr. slumped behind the wheel of his Dodge Magnum. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Someone shot him on I-24 west just before the Almaville Road exit in Smyrna.

What happened still remains a mystery, but investigators do have a theory: It's possible that someone flagged Warpoole down on the shoulder. He pulled over, parked and then rolled down his window as if to talk. But someone then approached and shot him.

Investigators found the window of the vehicle down and it was freezing Sunday morning. They also discovered a single hole in the back rear passenger window.  That could have come from the fatal bullet exiting the car.

That is just one theory for how it happened. As for why it happened? That remains the big mystery.

NewsChannel 5 has learned that no guns or other weapons were recovered from the victim's car and nothing of value was taken from the vehicle.

The sheriff and Warpoole's grieving family both ask that anyone who saw anything along that stretch of I-24 Sunday morning to please contact authorities.


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