Howard Co. Sheriff's Office Gives Details of Chase, Murder Charges

Published 08/12 2014 01:41PM

Updated 08/12 2014 02:50PM

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BIG SPRING, TX -- A man faces murder charges in Howard County after chasing and shooting a Big Spring man, who stole a truck, according to the sheriff’s office.

James Keck was at TA Truck Stop and left his mother’s truck unattended. Big Spring resident Bobby Gene Bricker got in the truck and drove off.

“When the vehicle was stolen it was parked at a TA truck stop. It was unlocked, unoccupied, the keys were in the vehicle and it was running,” said Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker.

When Keck realized the truck had been stolen, he got in another car and began chasing Bricker.

During the chase, which reached 105 miles per hour, Keck was on the phone with 911, the sheriff’s office said. 

“Keck was made aware that deputies and police officers were both in route and Keck was also made aware that counties ahead were being notified to intercept the vehicle,” Sheriff Parker said.

The truck then came to a stop about one mile north of County Road 2599 on Hwy 176, authorities said.

When they stopped, Keck shot and killed Bricker, the sheriff’s office said.

“The diseased never fired a shot, he was not armed at any time during the incident,” Sheriff Parker said.

Authorities arrived to the scene less than two minutes after the truck came to a stop, according to Sheriff Parker.

Bricker was pronounced dead Saturday night and an autopsy was performed. No details of the autopsy have been released. 

“Keck made the decision to use deadly force when deadly force was not justified,” Sheriff Parker said.

Keck faces murder charges and the Sheriff’s office said it’s preparing a case for the district attorney and for a grand jury. It wasn’t immediately known if Keck had an attorney. 

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