New Details In Deadly Shooting Spree On I-40

Thursday, December 17th 2015, 6:23 pm
By: News 9

State agents are investigating a deadly case of road rage that happened along I-40 in western Oklahoma overnight Thursday.

Two people are dead after being shot at while driving their cars. And the person authorities believe is responsible for the shooting rampage is now behind bars.

The OSBI is taking the lead on this case and is trying to figure out the motive behind this shooting spree, since the spree and chase for the suspect spanned at least 3 counties.

Several people driving along I-40 called 911 and *55 to alert authorities about the driver shooting at cars and trying to run people off the road.

The driver is identified Jeremy Doss Hardy,36, of Pasadena, Texas. Hardy was booked into the Custer County Law Enforcement Center for DUI, but could face several more charges including First-Degree murder.

12/17/2015 Related Story: OSBI Identifies Suspect, Victims In I-40 Shooting Spree

“And we believe he shot at least four other vehicles during his rampage,” said Jessica Brown, the spokesperson for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations.

The OSBI has identified the victims who were shot and killed along I-40 as 45-year-old Jeffery Kent Powell of Arapaho, Oklahoma and 63-year-old Billie Jean West of Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.

Powell's wife was with him at the time and was able to give troopers a description of the SUV Hardy was driving.

“It’s a mystery at this point in time why this happened,” said Brown. “But that's what we are trying to solve this mystery. And put all the information together for the DA.”

A background check on Hardy reveals he was arrested in August 2001 for unlawfully carrying a weapon in Liberty County Texas. He was also indicted for reckless injury to a child and assaulting a family member in Harris County Texas back in 2005, but one of the charges was dismissed and the other was disposed.

He also was arrested in 2006 for public intoxication in Pasadena, Texas.

For now Hardy is being held without bond while the investigation into why this happened continues.