Trucker fatally shot near Dallas

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 1/15/2007

A Texas trucker was gunned down Thursday, Jan. 11, after a witness said the driver argued with men who approached his truck. Four men were arrested the next day in connection with the crime.

A man flagged down a Grand Prairie, TX, police officer at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and told the officer that he’d witnessed his best friend being shot, according to a news release from the Grand Prairie Police Department.

Police found the body of Cavit Sevenler, 37, of Plano, TX, inside the cab of his tractor trailer parked at the Best Value Inn & Suites parking lot off of Highway 360.

Police arrested four men in connection with the shooting Friday afternoon, but wouldn’t release their names.

Det. John Brimmer told Land Line Sevenler appeared to have been shot in the chest at point-blank range by a shotgun.

Police said the witness told them that a man knocked on Sevenler’s truck window and asked to use his cell phone. The men argued when Sevenler disagreed. The witness told police he heard a gunshot and got out of the cab’s passenger door. The witness saw three black men run to a white Ford Taurus and drive away, Brimmer said.

Sevenler worked for United Van Lines, Brimmer said.

Friday, two employees at United Van Lines told Land Line that the company wasn’t aware of a driver being shot, and declined to reveal whether Sevenler was a company driver.

Police reviewed videotape from the motel’s parking lot cameras before arresting the men, Brimmer said.

“We’re still chasing down leads and looking for stuff,” Brimmer said. “Hopefully we can get this thing tucked away.”

Grand Prairie is between Arlington and Dallas off of Interstate 30.

In recent days the Dallas area has had several recent attempted truck jackings involving multiple black males, Brimmer said.

“We’re looking into the possibility that they might be related,” Brimmer said.

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