Trucker Murders Boss Before Taking His Own Life One Day After Being Fired
Oxford Township, PA – Police say a trucker who was fired from his job on Tuesday drove to his former place of employment early Wednesday morning and fatally shot his former boss, before turning the gun on himself.
The Eastern Adams Regional Police Department (EAPD) said in a statement they responded to an incident at Plainville Farms Distribution Center in Oxford Township just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a call that shots had been fired.
Upon arrival to Plainville Farms, police located two bodies “lying between two parked cars in the parking lot.”
A preliminary investigation at the scene determined the shooter was 75-year-old Phillip Michael Hughes from Marshville, NC.
Hughes, a former independent contractor with Plainville, exited a mini-van at approximately 5:20 a.m. and shot Plainville Farms transportation supervisor, John Frey, 58 of York, as Frey was arriving to work.
After shooting Frey twice in the head at point blank range, Hughes turned the Smith & Wesson 5-shot Chief’s Special on himself and took his own life with a single shot under his chin.
Police found two live rounds and three spent rounds, along with five additional live rounds in Hughes’s front pocket.
The shooting took place in the employee lot, which is adjacent to the company loading docks, according to EAPD.
Plainville Farms gave no public explanation regarding Hughes’s termination on Tuesday, but administered the following statement:
The Plainville Farms family experienced a terrible, senseless tragedy at our Distribution Center in New Oxford early this morning. Plainville Farms is working closely with law enforcement in their investigation of this fatal incident that involved a manager at Plainville and an independent contractor.
Plainville Farms is a family and we are in mourning. Counseling will be provided to all of our employees to help with the healing process. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families that have been affected by this tragedy.
Eastern Adams Police Chief Francis Staab called Hughes a “disgruntled former employee” who was “waiting and stalking” for Frey to come into work.
Friends of Hughes have taken to social media calling the news “very shocking,” saying he was “one of the nicest guys.”
The post regarding the incident on the EAPD Facebook page has several responses from people claiming to have knowledge of why Hughes was terminated alleging Hughes had been “stealing from the company for many years.”
Allegations state Hughes was caught “stealing red handed,” and confronted on Tuesday.
Transportation Nation Network has not confirmed these assertions with Plainville representatives, but will continue to monitor the investigation.
The tragedy has been classified as a murder-suicide.