Truckee Motorcyclist Fatally Shot

Truckee Motorcyclist Fatally Shot

Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Truckee Motorcyclist Fatally Shot

I’m Ed Smith, a Truckee motorcycle accident attorney. A motorcyclist was shot along Interstate 80 in Truckee on his way home from Street Vibrations in Reno, Nevada.

What Happened?

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, Jeffrey Duke from Georgetown, California was travelling along Interstate 80. Around 3:55 p.m., an unknown group of men, also on motorcycles surrounded Duke approximately one-quarter mile from the Overland Trail exit. There they fired multiple shots at Duke causing him to crash his motorcycle.

Witness Statements

According to witness statements, three motorcyclists dressed in black leather riding gear located the victim who was riding on a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle near the Truckee agriculture station. They fired multiple shots and fled the scene traveling westbound along Interstate 80.

Investigation Underway

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Shooting Team is conducting an investigation of the incident. Officers at the scene were able to identify that the firearm used in the shooting was a handgun based upon bullet casings found at the scene. No information as to the caliber was given. Officials said Duke was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada by air transport after he was treated on scene for multiple gun shot wounds. Sadly, Duke passed away while in route to the hospital. The Reno Police Department aided hospital security for a brief time shortly following the incident. CHP Truckee confirms that Duke was an intended target. The CHP is asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call (530) 582-7570.

Highway Closures

Westbound Interstate 80 was shut down for hours so an investigation could be conducted. This caused traffic to back up for miles around the California/Nevada state boarder. The Caltrans website reported at 9:50p.m., all traffic was being held at the stateline, there was no reason given. Some speculated they were looking for the perpetrators. The roadway reopened Sunday morning.

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