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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of gasoline truck driver in Fort Worth

Fort Worth Police homicide detectives take Lendon Lee Adams to police headquarters Friday afternoon, May 8. Adams was arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting a gasoline tanker driver early Thursday.
Fort Worth Police homicide detectives take Lendon Lee Adams to police headquarters Friday afternoon, May 8. Adams was arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting a gasoline tanker driver early Thursday. Star-Telegram

After a gasoline tanker truck driver was found dead early Thursday at a southwest Fort Worth convenience store, investigators checked the store’s security camera footage.

They saw a 2009 white Ford Mustang circle a set of gas pumps before driving toward the tanker. Five or six gunshots were heard before the Mustang drove away on Bryant Irvin Road, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

Hours later, a police detective leaving the crime scene spotted a white Mustang in front of him at a traffic light.

The Mustang was pulled over. Detectives got a search warrant, and in the car they found a Glock 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, a Colt .380 semiautomatic handgun and three cartridge casings.

On Friday, police announced the arrest of the Mustang’s driver, Lendon Lee Adams, 23.

No connection between Adams and the dead truck driver, Jonathan Luevano, had been determined, but detectives were still interviewing Adams, said Tamara Pena, a police spokeswoman.

Adams faces a murder charge, Pena said. He was in the Fort Worth Jail on Friday evening. Bail had not been set.

On the steps of the downtown police headquarters Friday, Pena read a news release about the quick investigation.

About 4 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to a call from a QuikTrip in the 5700 block of Bryant Irvin Road. They found Luevano, 29, in the front seat of his Freightliner truck, police said earlier.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers were told that Luevano arrived at the QuikTrip about 1:25 a.m. to deliver gasoline.

Surveillance video showed a white Mustang circling the southernmost set of gas pumps and driving back toward Luevano’s rig. After shots were fired, the Mustang drove away, Pena said.

A short time later, Benbrook police alerted Fort Worth police that Benbrook patrol officers had stopped the driver of a white Mustang who was acting suspiciously about 3:30 a.m. near a doughnut shop. The driver, Adams, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and allowed to drive on.

Because of the citation, Fort Worth police now had a name and an address for the driver.

Investigators J. Cedillo and Sgt. Joe Loughman went to the address but didn’t find Adams. They returned to the QuikTrip, and soon Cedillo saw the white Mustang at a red light, leading to the seizure of the car and handguns.

Preliminary ballistics tests indicate that Luevano was shot by the Glock.

Fort Worth officers and U.S. marshals arrested Adams without incident in Parker County.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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