Choctaw Co. truck driver murdered in Lawton

CHOCTAW COUNTY, OK - A Choctaw County man was shot and killed while on a work trip in Lawton, Oklahoma, on Friday in what police believe was an armed robbery attempt gone wrong.

Johnny Allen's truck sits in the Rock Haulers truck lot. His brother, Danny Allen, says nobody ever drove the truck but Johnny, and he doesn't think anyone else will for quite some time.

"He was not just my brother. He was my best friend," said Danny.

Johnny and another employee from Rock Haulers were in Lawton, Oklahoma, for work. According to Lawton police, just after 8 p.m. Friday evening an armed man entered their open motel room and told them to get on the floor. Officers say Johnny tried to overpower the intruder and was shot multiple times during the struggle.

After the suspect fled, his coworker's first call was to 911--and then, to their boss.

"The paramedics and the police had not yet arrived, and he called me and told me there was an attempted robbery and that Johnny had been shot," said Brandon Covington, Johnny's employer.

When first responders arrived on the scene, they found Johnny lying on the floor, and took him to a local hospital, where he later died.

Detectives found numerous bullet casings on the floor in the motel room during their investigation, and multiple witnesses report the suspect is a black male, 5' 9", of thin build, and wearing what looked like a scarf over his face. Lawton Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Johnny's family and coworkers say there was nothing he wouldn't do to help a person in need.

"He was there for me all the time. If I needed him, He would be there," said his brother, Danny.

"We hauled cattle together. We hauled produce. He's just a heck of a good man," said Wayne Ross, who also told News 12 Johnny was one of his best friends.

Johnny had lived in Oklahoma all his life, and worked for Rock Haulers in Choctaw County since 2007.

"You have to miss Johnny. A personality like his leaves a great big void. He was the guy that would stay late, and show up early-whatever it took to get the job done, that's what johnny would do. I lost my very best driver. He was the very best driver in the country," said Covington.

At this time, Lawton police say they do not have anyone in custody for the homicide.


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