Man shot while trying to help supposed stranded motorist

East Texas Man Shot While Trying to Help Supposed Stranded Motorist

HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - It’s something you see all the time in East Texas, good folks pulling off the roadway to help motorists with car troubles.

However, an East Texas man who did just that got shot for his trouble.

It happened on Thursday around 6 p.m. in Harrison County near Smelley Road and Sandy Lane, where investigators say a man had pulled over to help someone who appeared to need help.

Harrison county sheriff’s investigators were called to Longview regional hospital on Thursday for a victim of a gunshot wound.

“That victim, of course, is in a lot of pain and was shot in the foot and ankle area,” said Chief Deputy Brandon Fletcher with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier in the day, the man was driving along Smelley Road when he came upon a young lady with apparent car troubles.

“There’s a white female, apparently red-headed. He does the good Samaritan pull over and check on her,” Fletcher said.

What the good Samaritan did not know in this case was that the broken down vehicle was a ruse. And the young lady in distress, was not alone. Two men were waiting in a nearby wooded area.

“The man bends over the car engine area to take a look, and when he does, two white males come out and he receives a blow to the head,” Fletcher said.

However, they got more than they bargained for.

“He’s putting up a pretty good fight, and he hears one of them say, ‘Just get his wallet.’ He hears a gunshot. Suddenly he feels pain in the right foot, and he realizes he’s been shot,” Fletcher said.

The men and the woman then fled together.

“They run to the car, which was apparently not broken down, and leave. At this time, we have reason to believe all three people were involved in it, orchestrated to be this way for whoever pulled up,” Fletcher said.

The victim mustered up the strength to drive to a relative’s house and get taken to hospital.

Finding the suspects now a priority.

“They’ve got a weapon obviously, and we want to know who they are. It’s hard to judge whether you should be a good Samaritan or not. Know your surroundings, and if it doesn’t feel good, call us and we’ll go help them,” Fletcher said.

Harrison County investigators are looking for a dark-brown, older-model Crown Victoria, the suspects’ vehicle.

The victim, whose name has not been released at this time, remains hospitalized for surgery.

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