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I cannot list this as a Tower Down until confirmation can be made this is a tow truck driver-involved shooting. Until then it is being posted as a news article.


Tow truck driver shot, killed on US 95


The Nye County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in an early morning homicide investigation along U.S. 95, between Tonopah and Goldfield.


Nye County Sheriff Joe McGill told the Pahrump Valley Times that dispatchers received a call about a shooting on the highway just after 3 a.m., on Thursday, Jan. 18.


Initial call


The caller, according to McGill, advised that a tow truck driver was shot on the highway. Shortly thereafter, dispatchers received information that a second tow truck driver at the scene was actually hit by gunfire.


Fatal wounds


Once units arrived, it was determined that first tow truck driver was pronounced deceased at the scene, while a second driver escaped injuries.


NCSO deputies from Tonopah and Pahrump were dispatched to assist, McGill said.


Gunman flees scene on foot


“Information was developed that a suspect had fled on foot and was reported to be armed with a rifle and unknown other guns,” he said. “We spent quite some time searching the area for the suspect, and he was eventually taken into custody. It occurred at mile marker 23, approximately 5 miles south of Goldfield.”

The initial investigation, which also included Esmeralda County deputies along with officials from the Nevada Division of Investigations, lasted approximately seven hours.


Authorities have yet to release the suspect’s name or that of the deceased.


No motive established


It remains uncertain whether the drivers were intentionally targeted by the shooter.

No area schools or businesses were affected by the incident, McGill noted.


The highway was reopened just before 10 a.m., on Thursday.

This is a developing story.






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Tow truck driver and volunteer firefighter shot, killed in Goldfield



LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Police confirm to FOX5 a tow truck driver and volunteer firefighter was shot and killed in Goldfield, Nevada last week.

According to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, it reportedly began when Derek Cornell’s truck was rear-ended by the suspect on U.S. 95 in Goldfield.

Both cars pulled over and and at some point the suspect got out with an assault rifle and opened fire.

Cornell was found dead at the scene.

Another person identified by a friend as Cornell’s son arrived after the crash and walked away from the shooting with minor injuries.

Nye County found and arrested the suspect hours later.

Clayton Agner, a friend of victim said, “He was a father of four, a loving husband, he was a devoted firefighter out in Goldfield, along with a 30-year veteran in the towing industry.”



A beloved resident of Goldfield has been murdered during a call for service in the early morning hours. It all began at approximately 3 am Thursday January 18th on US Highway 95. Derek Cornell was a tow truck operator who responded to a call for service in the highway.


According to reports, a short time later a call came into the sheriff’s office that a tow truck driver was shot on the highway. Shortly thereafter, dispatchers received information that a second tow truck driver at the scene was actually hit by gunfire, suffering fatal wounds. When police units arrived they discovered a deceased tow truck driver and another driver that suffered minor injuries from glass debris.


The suspect had fled on foot with a rifle and unknown other guns in the desert area. Nye County Sheriff Office Deputies from Tonopah and Pahrump were dispatched to assist Esmeralda County Sheriff Office Deputies, along with Nevada Highway Patrol and the Nevada Department of Transportation that helped block the roadways. All residents were asked to shelter in place in the area. The incident occurred at mile marker 23, which is about 5 miles south of Goldfield. The suspect was captured several hours later, when he reporedly when took a resident’s vehicle and then rammed a NDOT vehicle attempting to escape. The road was shut down during the investigation for several hours. The suspect’s name has not been released. No motive has been been determined for the attack. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the victim’s family.


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Huge shoutout to everyone that was able to make Derek Cornell light up!




It was an amazing turnout with over 30 trucks! And that Horn Off was something else! I still have chills from it!


Keyna Cornell Derek J Cornell Jr. Cory Cornell if y’all need anything please don’t hesitate to ask for anything! I will be making a sticker soon for donations to help collect money for funeral expenses and my wife will be making ribbons again for donations. If you would like to donate there is a gofund me link a few posts down. It’s their direct one. If you would like to donate any other way please feel free to reach out to me and we’ll make it happen!

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