A Kentucky man who shot people who pulled over to help him after he ran out of gas in Indiana, killing a Good Samaritan, had supernatural delusions, his mother says.
Justin Moore, 31, ran out of gas near a Palmyra elementary school around 9:30 p.m. Monday, Indiana State Police said in a statement. As he sat pinned down, a police officer, reserve officer Zachary Holly, stopped to help, as did two other people traveling together.
Holly asked Moore if he had any weapons in the car, and the stranded man said no, but he had a knife on him, officials said. After being asked to put the knife away, Moore allegedly pulled out a gun and started shooting.
Jacob McClanahan, a volunteer firefighter who had stopped to help, was shot and killed.
Holly returned fire and fatally shot Moore.
It’s unclear why Holly asked about the weapons in the first place.
Moore’s mother said he acted differently in the past year after her husband caught MRSA and was hospitalized for seven months.
“He was talking about vampires following him home,” Rachel Crisp told WHAS on Wednesday. “Just nonsense stuff like that. It just doesn’t make sense.