Around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 15, a family of three ran out of gas, according to the Person County Sheriff’s Office.
The family was walking down a road when a Department of Correction truck driven by 39-year-old Jeffrey McKay crashed into the youngest member of the family, KFSN-TV reported.
Officials claimed the boy’s father, 41-year-old Chad Woods, then pulled out a gun and shot McKay.
Woods’ father Lawrence Clayborn told KFSN-TV, "He was just out of it, going off and stuff. He was going, 'He just killed my son. He killed my son.'"
McKay was rushed to the hospital, but he died en route, officials said.
According to investigators, Woods and the other surviving member of the family then took McKay’s truck and drove it to their home less than a mile away, leaving the boy’s dead body on the road.
After identifying the minor, police were able to track Woods down at his home. He was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and larceny of a motor vehicle, officials said.
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Authorities said they were also working to identify who they believe was an additional person at the scene based on another voice heard in the background of the 911 call.
"This is kind of a first. I've been to people struck by cars and I've been to shootings, but I haven't ever had this happen at the same time. Sad situation all around, for all the families," said Sgt. Kevin Morris.
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