Nikki McNeil, 33, told authorities her ex-boyfriend and father of her three children, Lamark Tucker Sr., 36, became angry when she refused to discuss the status of their relationship while dropping off their children for visitation Saturday evening.
He grabbed her keys and cellphone, she said, in an attempt to keep her from leaving, but she was able to locate a spare key and started the car.
As she was backing out of the driveway, Tucker jumped on the hood and held tight for a good 10-miles or so, threatening her the entire time.
Fortunately, the children were not in the car.
Police say McNeil stopped the car at least two or three times as she was driving down the road with Tucker clinging to the car, asking people to call 911. Several motorists complied.
As she drove, she said she demanded Tucker get off the roof, but he refused and continued to yell at her. At one point, McNeil told police, Tucker appeared to be reaching into his pockets, and she feared he might be armed. So she retrieved a gun that was apparently kept in the vehicle and fired once through the windshield, injuring Tucker.
Don’t know how long it took for him to finally tumble off the car, but he did, landing on the road. McNeil then turned the car around, headed for a convenience store and asked bystanders to call 911.
Tucker was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Not surprisingly, there is a history of violence between the two – McNeil filed for a restraining order back in December, claiming Tucker had threatened to kill her. A temporary injunction was granted until a hearing could be held. On Thursday, McNeil appeared before Circuit Judge Jonathan D. Ohlman for that hearing and, under oath, asked that the injunction be dismissed.
Several people witnessed the incident and called 911, but authorities are still asking for more information.
“We’re asking folks, if you happened to have seen this guy within the ten mile drive on top of the car, can you please call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and give us your bit of information,” Marion County Sheriff’s Officer Judge Cochran said.