Truck Driver Allegedly Murders Furniture Store Manager Over Loading Dispute
Memphis, Tennessee – Memphis police have arrested and charged a truck driver with first-degree murder after they say he shot and killed a furniture store manager on Thursday during a truck loading dispute, then tried to get away in an 18-wheeler.
According to authorities, truck driver Timothy Saunders was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon after he fled the scene of a violent altercation.
Investigators said Saunders became enraged in a heated dispute with Thomas Hartman, store manager for American Freight Furniture on Highway 64, around 12:30 p.m.
The two men allegedly argued over how to best load the trailer.
As the verbal confrontation intensified, police said Saunders left for a short time, then returned, and the two men once again continued arguing.
According to the arrest affidavit, that’s when Saunders pulled out a black handgun and shot Hartman in the face killing him.
Saunders then left the scene in a red tractor-trailer, according to investigators, but was apprehended a short time later nearby at U.S. Highway 64 and Interstate 40.
Officials said the two men knew each other prior to the fatal incident, but did not say if they had a history of disputes.
Saunders is scheduled to appear in court to face a first-degree murder charge on Monday.
According to a report from local news outlet WREG, Saunders is a veteran of the police force.
The Clarksville Police Department in Clarksville, TN confirmed Saunders retired in 2017 after 27 years of service.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow this ongoing investigation.