Trucker found shot in truck in Detroit, rig burned

| July 07, 2014
Boeglin and his wife, Ashley. (Photo from Fox 2 Detroit)
Boeglin and his wife, Ashley. (Photo from Fox 2 Detroit)

A truck driver was found in Detroit June 27 shot to death inside his truck, which had been set on fire, according to multiple news reports from local news stations. 

Boeglin's truck, after authorities put the fire out. (Photo from Fox 2 Detroit)
Boeglin’s truck, after authorities put the fire out. (Photo from Fox 2 Detroit)

The driver was identified as 31-year-old Michael Boeglin of Ferdinand, Ind., according to Detroit 14 News. Detroit Police found Boeglin’s body inside the cab of his Freightliner, most of which had been destroyed in a fire. 

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Five shell casings were found outside the truck, Detroit 14 reports, and medical examiners concluded gun shot wounds are what caused Boeglin’s death, Fox 2 Detroit reports

Boeglin’s wife, Ashley, says she talked to him around midnight. Ashley is pregnant with the couple’s first child, the reports say. 

Boeglin had parked at a building that was abandoned and gutted by scrappers while he waited to pick up a load at a nearby steel plant, according to Fox Detroit

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  • Patty Cakes

    Ya’ know, you are absolutely correct !

    Furthermore, if there where less women driving anything at all, but most importantly trucks, we’d have fewer hair-brain ideas on the road.

    Just for sh*ts + giggles … did your parents beat you or the neighbors kid when you were the bad kid ?

    ……….. give me a sec, I’m needin’ to smack my head against the fuel tank

    ………………….. okay, I’m back, Bless me with some more brilliance.

  • Ai Pba

    We have sent this email to the slain trucker’s pregnant wife…

    July 11, 2014

    Mrs. Boeglin,

    On behalf of the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (“SBTC”) –see
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Small-Business-in-Transportation-Coalition/1495497310685984?ref=hl –please accept our condolences on the loss of your husband Michael.

    I contacted your father earlier today and am writing to you now to make you aware of a fundraising effort the SBTC launched yesterday for you and your soon to be born baby. We have spread the word to 65,000 transportation professionals about the tragic incident that lead to your husband’s passing. In response, truckers, motor carriers, freight brokers, and industry suppliers are already stepping up over the past 24 hours and are sending in their donations. We expect that news of this fundraiser will spread
    quickly through trucking media in the coming days and wanted you to know this is a legitimate endeavor.

    As Michael was a trucker, we are proud to stand behind you during this very difficult time and want you to know that your trucking family is with you. When things settle down for you, I would appreciate it if you could please advise where we should send the check when the fundraiser ends in approximately 90 days.

    Sincerely,

    JAMES P. LAMB
    SBTC Chairman

    ***************************************************************
    To donate, click here: http://www.1shoppingcart.com/SecureCart/SecureCart.aspx?mid=9D64D0CD-9F5F-4CC7-A66B-8CA890450101&pid=60a717fb1da34fd08075db708f84ad29

  • Del Ray Johnson

    Again, Outstanding that is was one would expect if it have been you or I! Thank you for your efforts and continued success, peace be upon to you. Be safe . . . . .

  • Ryan Davis

    Mike Smith it is shit like you that gives white folk a bad name. I’m white and redneck but to me race doesn’t matter in this case either way an innocent driver died, a wife left widowed and a baby left with out a father… White black Mexican Chinese and race could have killed this driver but that doesn’t matter the driver still died doing his job .and mike if you are a driverdriver your 3 things a rookie a racist and a stupid ass mother fucker

  • Bmerri01

    Idiot the Brits have more trouble since they banned guns.

  • Ai Pba

    Please note we are coordinating this effort with David Clark, father-in-law of Michael Boeglin.

  • CJ

    By reading most of the responses this is why they do what they can to stop drivers from carrying guns. Don’t get me wrong, I have carried a shotgun all my 21 yrs otr. But so many drivers do nothing but try to start fights with other drivers, they are probably afraid drivers would be shooting each other.

  • jms

    Your right criminals ALWAYS FOLLOW THE LAW…

  • Nas

    Oh boy Mike Smith. Let me start by saying that I am a Hispanic and no I’m not Mexican but born and raised in this great country. My mother and farther both came to the United States from the Dominican Republic legally and both became American citizens. I am a conservative and an avid supporter of the 2nd amendment. I own 2 guns right now. A Taurus 24/7 G2 compact 9mm and a Beretta PX4 sub compact 9mm. I have my Florida concealed carry permit and carry all the time when I’m home. Not once have I felt the urge to shoot a white person, rob a white person, or threaten a white person for any reason. But by the way you are going on about Black’s and Hispanics I should be jacking every white person I run into. I have friends of all colors and ethnic backgrounds. White, Black, Latino, Asian, and the list goes on. I have seen in my life time crimes committed by all ethnicities. Now with that being said let’s talk about gangs. You mentioned in an earlier post to name some white gangs. Well here you go. The Aryan Brotherhood, Hells Angels, Nazi Lowriders, Public Enemy No. 1, Outlaws, and the list goes on and on my friend. But hey what do I know. I’m just a stupid, crime living, white hating, truck driving spic. Right? Lol Mr. Smith your simple mindedness cracks me up.

  • Nas

    I had to post my reply to Mike Smith for all to see… Oh boy Mike Smith. Let me start by saying that I am a Hispanic and no I’m not Mexican but born and raised in this great country. My mother and farther both came to the United States from the Dominican Republic legally and both became American citizens. I am a conservative and an avid supporter of the 2nd amendment. I own 2 guns right now. A Taurus 24/7 G2 compact 9mm and a Beretta PX4 sub compact 9mm. I have my Florida concealed carry permit and carry all the time when I’m home. Not once have I felt the urge to shoot a white person, rob a white person, or threaten a white person for any reason. But by the way you are going on about Black’s and Hispanics I should be jacking every white person I run into. I have friends of all colors and ethnic backgrounds. White, Black, Latino, Asian, and the list goes on. I have seen in my life time crimes committed by all ethnicities. Now with that being said let’s talk about gangs. You mentioned in an earlier post to name some white gangs. Well here you go. The Aryan Brotherhood, Hells Angels, Nazi Lowriders, Public Enemy No. 1, Outlaws, and the list goes on and on my friend. But hey what do I know. I’m just a stupid, crime living, white hating, truck driving spic. Right? Lol Mr. Smith your simple mindedness cracks me up.

  • Nas

    By the way God bless this drivers family. It tears me up inside to see someone killed in such a senseless way.

  • Jeanne Phillips

    Sadly Mr Smith has taken control of the conversation and utilized his constitutional right of free speech but he took the conversation away from the original point. Give it up Mr Smith, I’ve seen crime in various race and economic neighborhoods.

    Quick side note: USMC I love your idea of the flare gun!

    Back to the right to carry: Having a gun in the truck may or may not have saved this poor driver but if he was a law abiding citizen, he should have had the right to carry in any state. If this driver had a gun in his truck within reach and was willing to fire his weapon he may very well made it home.

    Those of us that carry and have been properly trained know that we must be willing to follow through if we pull out that weapon. In my case, the gun is loaded, the safety is off and I have no reason to hesitate to take a life if it means I make it home to my family.

    Stricter gun laws only hurt law abiding citizens. It boggles my mind when I hear people claim we need more gun laws. Criminals are criminals for a reason… they don’t follow the rules! Are we truly to believe that if we had stricter gun laws we would be safe from crime?

    Sadly truckers don’t always have the luxury of parking at a well lit and security staffed parking area. They should be able to perform their jobs and a concealed permit should be accepted no matter what state they happen to be in or driving through.

    My prayers go out to his widow and his family. May they be surrounded by those that love and care for them and protect them

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  • shadow hauling

    I was try to think of something to say to Mike smith but you hit it on the head and did a very good job of it. Thanks

  • shadow hauling

    We need a grass routes organization and let’s call it, “Driving For Gun Safety” so drivers can legally carry in all the US contiguous states. It could be an endorsement added to the driver’s license the same as if you had a bus or motorcycle endorsement. It would prevent some of this and let criminals know that we aren’t easy targets. And for all you anti gunners out there, it’s your right not to go along with it and not carry.

  • Eros Merino

    No I get that im originally from l.a., im not phased. im in tx right now away from home not feeling safe on my last shift as a trainee and whats worst his truck has no a/c arrrgh just a few more days just a few more days jack me im bustin caps

  • localnet

    Are you in a ProStar with the AC problem?

  • I hate racists like Mike Smith

    What a fucking asshole piece of shit you are.

  • Mike Smith is a racist
  • meatmeat

    Color makes no difference gang crime is crime no matter what.. also all colors kill steal , rob and etc…

  • Mike Smith

    Your pathetic whine about everybody commits crimes is an attempt to distract fromserious MINORITY VIOLENCE in r country. U suffer from the Pussification of my country. u PROBABLY BELIEVE that MEN & WOMEN r the same too. You have failed to read my stuff.

    YOU ATTEMPT TO DISTRACT from the serious points I have mentioned. All of which are warnings about the minority neighborhood DETRIOT, ETC.. Must it say it all again. There are NO CITIES KNOW FOR WHITES/GANGS COMMITTING MURDERS. There are A MASSIVE NUMBER OF CITIES KNOW FOR MINORITY VIOLENCE. DETROIT WHICH I HAVE TALKED ABOUT. Along with Los Angels (now taken over by MEXICAN GANGS), BALTIMORE, Philadelphia, etc., etc. etc..

    If presenting the truth & responding to those who would try & diminish the truth I presented is taking control, well, so be it.

  • Mike Smith

    Well, here we have yet another A-Hole. What the brainwashed, PC crowd love to do is use one stupid warn out word to TRY & stop the news from getting out.

  • meatmeat

    U can park in a white hood or black hood or Mexican hood or asian hood…. and if they is someone or group in either zone that wants to do something dumb and stupid they will try to do it… just remember if it dont feel or look right u should probably leave that area and not sleep there…

  • Mike Smith

    If your born here then you should know about Mex gangs. U should be supporting Americans, not minority gangs with ur H S talk. Another distraction from the reality of MASSIVE MINORITY. DETROIT IS ONE OF THOSE CITIES WITH MASSIVE MINORITY VIOLENCE.

    none of the white MC’s, or gangs amount to a hill of beans. Speaking of beans; L.A. ALONE has at least 100,000 Mexican or hispanic GANG MEMBERS. You name 1 area in this country that has 100,000 white gang members. If you can’t then you need to stop blipity-blapping with ur UTTER NONSENSE. YOU LOOK LIKE A LAIR & or a fool.

    What cracks me up is a hispanic, as u call yourself, sticking up for a criminal people. By the way, hispanic is a word made up include all the mutt people, who all speak some twisted form of Spainsh. People with a major propensity for gangs & violence. If u don’t want ur scum people to have the rep they do then stop them from criming as A LIFE STYLE.

  • Jeanne Phillips

    Minority? Sweetheart WE ARE the minority.

    However, I will once again not detract from the topic of the above story.
    This young husband and father to be should have had the right to carry in any state and all drivers should feel fairly safe in their workplace.

    We need more safe parking areas for truckers and more cooperation with law enforcement. Too many times I have been in the truck and have had police wake us up and tell us to move the truck and not care that they are asking us to break federal HOS regulations.

    If well lit & monitored lots for truckers were available and if the drivers were allowed to carry in every state, we might just see less crime against trucker as well as less truck hijackings.

    My heart goes out to the widow and the drivers family.

  • Mike Smith is a Stupid Racist

    So I guess you didn’t read the article.  Doesn’t surprise me.  Maybe you can ask a friend for help. I’m sure someone will read it to you.

    As for Chicago, the highest numbers I’ve seen in final reports on the 4th of July weekend were 82 shot, 14 fatally (fatally means those 14 people died, the other 68 did not).  It was even reported on conservative sites.  I don’t see any for your numbers, but here are my sources:

    Chicago Tribune:  http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-07-07/news/chi-fourth-of-july-toll-82-shot-14-of-them-fatally-in-chicago-20140707_1_south-chicago-east-garfield-park-west-englewood

    CBS:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-82-shot-14-killed-in-chicago-4th-of-july-weekend-shootings/

    ABC:  http://abcnews.go.com/US/violence-mars-chicago-holiday-weekend-50-reportedly-injured/story?id=24446308

    Your beloved FOX news:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/07/07/at-least-killed-60-more-injured-in-chicago-shootings-over-long-holiday-weekend/

    USA Today:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/07/gun-violence-chicago-july-4-10-dead/12287053/

    Top Conservative News:  http://topconservativenews.com/2014/07/chicago-goes-bonkers-for-4th-of-july-82-shot-14-killed/

    So not only are you a racist, you’re a stupid racist.

  • trucker15

    Mike, i am a black man and i do agree with you in parts. Alot of areas are full of the activity you mentioned by blacks, hispanics and other minorities but atleast you can see and adjust but i worry just as much driving in pennsylvsnia and many other northern states that have the same issues except the gangs do not just pick whites, they do it to anyone they can however in those places i mentioned, many blacks are simply not welcome either. I cannot throw all whites into that mix because there are good people in all colors in the north and in thehood. I wish that brother could have avoided what took his life but i have lived long enough to know that good and bad is everywhere, we should bepissed off that we are not protected better by the same people sitting in weigh stations taking our money but not giving two cents about us having a safe nights sleep. Hate to runout of hours where that guy had to sleep.

  • trucker15

    Sounds more like a messenger from the devil to me. Why are you lying on God.

  • Interested Person

    Good for England with a higher murder rate than in the “Gun toting USA” What a joke. I would rather be shot to death than beat to death with a baseball bat etc.

  • bullman

    Dude you are nothing but a racist white gangs let’s see.
    1)KKK
    2)ARYAN BROTHERHOOD
    3) OUTLAWS MC
    4)HELL’S ANGELS
    5) THE BANDITOS
    need I say more? And yes the motorcycle clubs do have blacks and Mexicans in them but they are 95% white and also for the record you have whites in these black and Mexican gangs and besides how do you know it was blacks that killed this driver?

  • wolfpueblo

    I really dont understand your thinking i own guns a.d use them if the criminal knows his victim. Is packing i promise he will walk.away how many cops get shot when they confront criminals and for your info my wife father in law and mother in law were shot and burned in the same manor

  • tuckertrucker

    I dont know if you realize that gun control only affects law abiding citizens. Illegal gun trade is something that no bill can control. There are far more illegal guns in the streets than legal ones. The so called “gun control” only looks good in the eyes of liberals.

  • fast lane

    The solution PURGE

  • Ai Pba
  • rich

    i have to say, if they sneak up to your window and you dont see them,it doesnt matter if you have a gun..and while you are sleeping or in the sleeper ,they can shoot right through the sleeper..the gun is no good in these scenarios..we are sitting ducks in our trucks..trapped..even if we have a split second to react..is the gun right at hand locked and loaded..i think he was caught off guard..they either shot through the window or his sleeper

  • James P. Lamb

    SBTC filed draft legislation (dubbed “Mike’s Law” with consent of Mike Boeglin’s wife Ashley Boeglin) with Congress today on RIGHT TO CARRY INTERSTATE: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140925175426-21695323-americans-working-in-interstate-commerce-protection-act-mike-s-law

    We expect it to be revised but this represents the sum and substance/intent of the bill. The SBTC is taking ACTION to promote and protect the rights of the small players in transportation. Join us at http://www.smalltransportation.org.

  • Michael Hofmann

    Pursue a Wrongful death claim since the company’s policy of ” no parking ” is the direct cause of death. Especially since they have the space. Go after the purse and they’ll pay attention to this. One win will save a lot of lives and less worry for truckers wives.

  • Markus L Grant

    I have a better solution…How about more stringent penalties for criminal offenders? Like for instance…If you are a previously convicted felon and get arrested carrying a firearm- Death Penalty…Get arrested committing a robbery with a firearm- Death Penalty. Convicted of any unlawful violent crime whilst in possession of a firearm- Death Penalty.
    Or is that too much for your liberal mind to contemplate? The way I see it, if all drivers that have the ability to carry were allowed to carry, this would be a hell of a deterrent to criminal mischief.

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