Howard County Sheriff Explains Why Weekend Car Theft Shooting Was Not Justified

Howard County Sheriff Explains Why Weekend Car Theft Shooting Was Not Justified

By Alexa Williams

NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - A car theft quickly turned into an alleged murder Saturday night in Big Spring. It all started at the TA truck stop off Interstate 20. Officials say 42-year-old Bobby Bricker stole a car. 

"When the vehicle was stolen, it was parked at the TA truck stop. It was unlocked, unoccupied, the keys were in the vehicle and it was running. At no point was no force used to take this vehicle," Howard County Sheriff, Stan Parker, said. 

Soon after Bricker took off, 24-year-old James Keck was on his tail and on the phone with 911. Officials say Keck told dispatch the car belonged to his mother and he was chasing the thief westbound on the I-20 North Service Road. Keck said speeds were reaching up to 105 mph.

It was on County Road 2599 when the stolen vehicle Bricker was driving came to a stop and that's when Keck shot Bricker in the face and killed him. Officials said the shooting was not justified. 

"Keck was made aware that deputies and police officers were both in route and Keck was also made aware that counties ahead we're being notified to intercept the vehicle. The deceased never fired a shot, he was not armed at any time during the incident," Parker said.

Keck has been charged with murder but is currently out on bond. The investigation is still ongoing.

"At this time, we are preparing a case to present to the District Attorney and grand jury. I also want to add that we are dealing with two families who are suffering through this tragedy," Parker said.