(TargetLiberty.org) – A former NASCAR racer was shot dead on Saturday during what cops say was a domestic violence incident. Reports say the driver was killed when he attacked his estranged wife’s friend with a hatchet.
On October 2, 31-year-old John Wes Townley, who took part in 186 races during his NASCAR career, entered a home in Athens-Clarke County, GA to confront his estranged wife Laura Townley and another occupant, Zachary Anderson. An argument broke out between Townley and Anderson, which ended when Townley attacked the other man with a hatchet and Anderson shot him in self-defense. County police say Anderson fired several shots, hitting both Townley and his wife. Both were taken to hospital, but John Townley died of his injuries. Laura Townley is seriously wounded but expected to survive.
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Police say they don’t know if Townley took the hatchet with him – which would make it a premeditated assault – or if he picked it up after reaching the house. They also say the relationship between Anderson and Laura Townley is currently unknown.
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