the Nov. 6 fatal shooting that claimed two lives at West Chester,
OH-based Watkins Motor Lines, suspect Tom West asked truck stop
employees to call police - and when they arrived, he asked to
be handcuffed, according to news reports.
was arrested at the Iron Skillet Restaurant in the Petro Truck
Stop off Exit 143 on I-74 in Versailles, IN, roughly 60 miles
from West Chester. Shortly before noon while sitting at a lunch
table, he asked the restaurant's manager to call police because
"they're looking for me."
was reportedly calm and polite as he waited for police, but he
didn't say anything about the shooting. When authorities arrived,
the suspect identified himself and explained he was wanted by
police. Then he requested to be handcuffed and asked for an attorney.
shooting occurred when the gunman drove past the Watkins guard
station in a white van, walked into the office and shot five people.
whose name is actually Joseph John Eschenbrenner III, was employed
by Watkins as an over-the-road driver through the company's Atlanta
office from 1998 until he resigned in 2001. He did not know any
of the employees shot at the Ohio terminal.
news reports said a man entered the company's office Thursday
morning and used two handguns in the shooting. Donald Haury, 50,
of Bellbrook, OH, died at the scene, and Bob Lines, 65, of Cincinnati,
died later at a nearby hospital. Glen Brierly, 48, of Hamilton,
OH; Gary Fissel, 50; and Billy Claywell, of Cave City, KY, were
seriously injured, media reports said. Brierly and Fissel are
still being treated at Bethesda North Hospital, while Claywell
was treated and released from Mercy Fairfield Hospital.
to some news sources, Eschenbrenner, aka West, is a resident of
Hoffman Estates, IL, a suburb of Chicago.