A Central Texas businessman was killed in a shooting Saturday northwest of Temple, according to the Bell County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s officials said deputies found Gary L. Martin, 56, with a fatal gunshot wound about 4:45 p.m. on FM 2601 just west of Highway 317.
Martin is the owner of Gary Martin’s Wrecker Service in Moody, officials said.
A former McLennan County constable was shot and killed Saturday night in what authorities are calling a road rage incident.
56-year-old Gary Martin was found dead on FM 2601 just west of Texas 317. Martin had gun shot wounds to his face, neck, chest, and leg. Martin is the owner of Gary Martin’s Wrecker Service and was with his tow truck at the time of his death.
The Bell County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 27-year-old Adam Edmond Demirs for the shooting and have charged him with murder. Deputies say the Temple man turned himself in after the shooting.
“It was kind of a road-rage incident, they wound up here and had an exchange of words. The shooting took place, the shooter left the scene, went to Temple where he called 9-1-1 and waited for deputies to arrive,” Bell County Sheriff’s Office deputy Donnie Adams said.
Martin was pronounced dead by Bell County Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield who ordered the body to be taken to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for an autopsy.
Demirs told Bell County Sheriff’s Office in an interview that he passed Martin’s truck on 317, and Martin continued to follow him. Once Demirs pulled over, he says Martin would not stop shouting at him, provoking a confrontation. He warned Martin to not get any closer to his truck. Once Martin began to approach the truck, Demirs shot Martin before taking off.
Demirs was charged with aggravated assault in 2005, and was sentenced to ten years probation. The status of his probation is currently unknown.