Two truck drivers blocked a van from gunfire while it traveled into the highway median in Missouri.

Chad Michael Kennedy, 28, from Boonville, was arrested and charged for allegedly firing shots from his moving vehicle striking and disabling a van with three passengers in it.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, law enforcement responded to the report at 3:31 p.m. Tuesday.

After the shooting took place, the MSHP said the victim's vehicle came to rest in the median. A truck driver, who witnessed the incident, said he and another truck driver parked their trucks around the van to shield it from additional gunfire.

According to police documents, the victims told law enforcement that a driver in a Volkswagon Jetta pulled up beside them, displayed a firearm and motioned for them to pull over. When they refused to pull over, the driver of the Volkswagon allegedly "fired multiple rounds from a rifle style weapon, at them, striking their vehicle."

The document also said the truck driver told police he witnessed the driver of the Volkswagon turn around and travel westbound on I-70, away from the scene.

Troopers later located the suspect's vehicle in Boone County. Truckers Are Heroes

Kennedy was taken into custody and transported to the Montgomery County Jail.

Kennedy told law enforcement he was traveling to work in Columbia when he observed a van in the passing lane that he believed to be suspicious. After following the van out of Columbia, Kennedy stated that he took it upon himself to try and stop the vehicle.

The document said Kennedy told law enforcement, "I could not allow the vehicle to leave the state of Missouri." Kennedy said he pulled up next to the van and tried to get the occupants to pull over, when they didn't pull over he displayed his firearm. He ultimately fired multiple shots at the van on the driver and passenger sides.

Law enforcement searched the van shortly after the shooting. The document noted that police identified "six projectile strikes, two of which flattened the rear tires of the vehicle." Law enforcement also found multiple projectile fragments on and around the van.

Kennedy was formally charged Wednesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court with three counts of assault first-degree, one count of armed criminal action and six counts of unlawful use of a weapon. The court denied Kennedy's bond.

Authored By:

Darin Williams