Family of victim in I-65 rest area shooting releases statement, details
Kentucky State Police say it happened about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Welcome Center on I-65 in Franklin. Police say investigators have determined that the shooter walked up to a vehicle parked at the rest area and opened fire before turning the gun on himself.
Forty-year-old Jamie Plymel of Spring Hill, Tennessee was killed. The shooter has been identified as 39-year-old James Roames.
The victim’s family has released the following statement:
Jamie left Franklin Tn about 8:30 PM Tuesday traveling to Owensboro, KY for Wednesday appointments with his work. He was talking with his wife Stacy for most of the drive. Approximately 9:30 PM Jamie entered the welcome center on I-65 northbound at the Kentucky/Tennessee line. He parked but stayed in his vehicle talking to his wife on the phone. A third person approached the vehicle and told him to turn off his lights. He replied that he was leaving the car running and the lights were automatic, he would turn them off shortly. Stacy heard all this. She asked if he had been pulled over, as if it were police. He replied, no, he was at a rest area. She then suggested he go to a hotel and finish the drive the next morning. After a short silence, she heard noises, after which Jamie stated he had been shot. Stacy asked where he was and immediately called the police. Unfortunately she was unable to re-establish her connection with Jamie.
It was incorrectly reported that Stacy was supposed to meet him there. On the contrary, this was one of Jamie’s frequent business trips. He was traveling alone. His wife was traveling to her family home in Murfreesboro, but turned towards the Kentucky line after her conversation with Jamie.
It was also incorrectly reported that there was an argument or altercation. Jamie’s wife heard the entire exchange over the phone. There was no argument. There was one question and one response. Jamie was speaking to his wife on the phone when the shots were fired.
Several witnesses later confirmed that this third party had approached the parked car, spoken, fired into the vehicle, then turned the gun on himself.
Jaime is survived by his wife, Stacy, an 8 year old son, his father, mother, 2 brothers, a sister, and a large extended family.
Jamie was a devoted father, a loving husband, son and brother, and a valued friend. He served in the U.S. Navy at Diego-Garcia. He traveled the world when employed as a technician for Motorola. Most recently, he had been employed by Markem-Imaje as a senior field service representative for 10 years. Jamie enjoyed hunting and fishing, and driving his Jeep on country roads. He planted a vegetable garden every year. Mostly he enjoyed spending time with his son doing just about anything. Though he was only a member of OUR family for a few years, he was much loved. Jamie had a knack for making those around him feel comfortable. He had a ready laugh and was happiest when we laughed with him. He loved life, loved his wife, and was deeply devoted to his son. His absence will leave a huge hole in all of our lives.
We would like to thank the Kentucky State Police and the first responders for their rapid response and professionalism. We also would like to thank the Welcome Center staff for their kindness. We thank friends and family for invaluable support and we desire their prayers. We are sorry for the loss of the other family and are praying for them as well.
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