Corrections officer charged with road rage murder, 'shooting the victim at close range'

Corrections officer charged with road rage murder, ‘shooting the victim at close range’

(As originally published, Thu, January 25th 2024 at 5:04 PM)

MERIDEN, Conn. (TND) — Road rage on a highway led to both drivers stopping, getting out of their cars, and one — a corrections officer — shooting the other to death.

Now, Connecticut State Police say, the gunman has turned himself in.

Authorities got “multiple 911 calls” about the violence on Sunday evening, Jan. 14, on Interstate 691 in Meriden.

Troopers found 49-year-old Scott Kracke “lying on the right shoulder with multiple gunshot wounds.” He was later pronounced dead.

“Kracke and the suspect exited their vehicles and confronted each other,” witnesses told police, and “the suspect took out a firearm and began shooting the victim at close range.”

That suspect, later identified as William Lucky, Jr., got away but then reported the incident at a local police department.

Corrections officer charged with road rage murder, 'shooting the victim at close range'
Corrections officer William Lucky, Jr., reported the road rage incident to police in Hamden and later turned himself in for murder, Jan. 23, 2024. (Conn. State Police)

According to his arrest warrant, he told police in Hamden he shot Kracke “because they were reaching for something” and then “drove away from the scene because he had a 3-year-old child in his vehicle and was afraid the other party would come after him.”

After answering questions, Lucky handed over his gun, changed, turned in his clothes, and left.

Then, this past Tuesday, the 32-year-old turned himself in on an arrest warrant for murder. Authorities say he’s in jail, unable to post $2.5 million bail.

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