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Denver man facing charges after shooting, killing man in Lancaster County

Stephen Jones, 27, allegedly shot and killed the victim through the victim's open driver's side window.
Credit: Crimewatch

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — A Denver man is facing charges after he shot and killed a Lancaster County man on Sunday.

Stephen John Jones, 27, is facing homicide and robbery charges for his role in the incident.

Investigators say that Jones, while in his Chevy pickup truck, allegedly forced the victim to stop his vehicle just after midnight on August 9 on Cats Back Road in West Earl Township.

It was then that Jones shot 68-year-old Steve Walker through the open driver's side window.

Around 12:30 p.m., Jones was arrested at his place of employment in Denver.

He was remanded to Lancaster County Prison without bail.

Police are investigating whether or not the victim and Jones knew each other prior to the shooting.

Authorities say that Jones was at a Sheetz store on Route 322 in Ephrata just a few minutes before the shooting.

In fact, witnesses said and surveillance video confirmed that Jones entered the Sheetz with a long gun, and asked employees for the gas pump to be turned on.

When Jones put the fuel nozzle into the truck's tank, he drove off with the nozzle still in the truck.

Police say that the hose became disconnected from the pump as he drove away.

A witness who claimed to be on Cats Back Road at the time of the shooting told police that hey heard a gunshot blast before seeing a Chevy pickup truck speed away from the area.

When police arrived, they found Walker in his Toyota that was running and in reverse, but the victim's foot was on the brake pedal.

On Sunday morning, a friend of Jones allegedly took him to his pickup truck that was parked in Farmersville.

That friend allegedly saw a rifle in the truck, and a spent shotgun shell in the cup holder

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact West Earl Township at 717-859-1411.