Killed six people in a shooting rampage as he shot up
his bosses' offices.
Crashed a tractor-trailer rig through a police barricade before officers
shot him to death.
Texas trucker kills 6, dies in chase,
Philadelphia Dily News
August 9, 1982
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas
- A carbine-toting trucker, reportedly angry over being banned from
driving, killed six people in a shooting rampage today, stole a truck
and led police on a wild chase before he was shot and killed.
Texas trucker kills 6 in rampage
The Miami Herald
August 10, 1982
A truck driver killed
six persons and injured four Monday as he shot up his bosses' offices,
then crashed a tractor-trailer rig through a police barricade before
officers shot him to death.
Police said the violence began about
8 a.m. when John F. Parish, 46, of Dallas, armed with an M1 carbine, a
.25-caliber automatic pistol and a .38-caliber revolver, walked into the
Western Transfer Co. building in the central business district of this
Texas trucker slain after killing 6
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - A truck driver
killed six people and injured four yesterday as he shot up his bosses'
offices, and crashed a tractor-trailer rig through a police barricade
before he was gunned down, authorities said.
Police said the violence began about 8 a.m. when John
F. Parish, 46, of Dallas, armed with two pistols and a rifle, walked
into the Western Transfer Co. building in the central business district
of this Dallas suburb.
Witnesses said Parish spoke to no one as he calmly
shot and killed three of his supervisors, Eddie Eugene Ulrich, 40,
Martin Douglas Moran, 30, and Moody Charles Smith, 58, of Lufkin.
He then left his company vehicle, stole a truck and
drove a half block to another Western Transfer office, where he fatally
wounded executive secretary Wyvonne Kohler, 45, of Arlington. He wounded
19-year-old receptionist Ruth James of Alvarado and Burnett Hart, 42, an
operations manager from Arlington.
A few minutes later, Parish entered the warehouse of
Jewel-T, a discount grocery store, where he shot and killed Dave Bahl
and Rick Svoboda. Robert Sarabia, 30, was wounded.
Police Chief David Kunkle said Parish worked for
Western Transfer, which contracted with Jewel-T. He said Jewel-T
officials had complained to Western Transfer about the trucker, claiming
he was a troublemaker.
Kunkle also said Parish had had a pay dispute with
Western Transfer for the last two weeks.
"This was not a random shooting," the police chief
said. "The man obviously had an agenda. He had a mission to accomplish."
After the shootings at Jewel-T, Parish commandeered
an 18-wheel tractor- trailer loaded with cookies. The driver, Carl
Lorentz, 57, of Mesquite, was injured in the scuffle with Parish and was
treated at Grand Prairie Community Hospital.
About 30 minutes after it all started, during a
running gun battle with police, Parish rammed the truck through a police
barricade. Officer Alan T. Patton, 32, who was standing outside his car,
was seriously injured.
Wayne Standifer, who owns Wayne's Custom Automotive
across the street from the barricade, heard the gunfire and saw the
truck hit the police car.
"The truck hit the squad car and the officer went
flying across the pavement," Standifer said. "It sent the car about 75
The truck then rolled up a small embankment near a
parking lot, knocking down a utility pole and sliding into another car,
shoving it into a building owned by the E.L. Murphy trucking company.
The truck overturned on its side as it hit the building, its cab
crushing against the concrete-block wall.
Jim Hodge, a truck driver from Cullman, Ala., was
inside the Murphy building. "I thought I was gone there for a minute,"
Bob Fischer, 25, Murphy terminal manager, said he saw
the truck come sliding through the wall.
"I stood up and tried to dive through the window," he
said, but blinds blocked him. He ran into the adjacent office where
Hodge was and both climbed out between the building and the wrecked
Kunkle said Parish continued to fire at officers as
he climbed out of the cab and into the building. Several officers fired
at him and he suffered seven or eight gunshot wounds. He died in a pool
of blood in Fischer's office.
Kunkle said officers recovered an M-1 carbine, a .25-caliber
semi-automatic pistol and a .38-caliber pistol after Parish died.