A Muslim Moroccan man was killed while he was inside his car. Police did not arrest anyone concerning the death of the man, not until this Friday.
The victim is Adil Dghoughi, and he went out for a drive the night he was killed. His family and girlfriend believe he got lost and parked his vehicle in front of a property in Martindale, Texas. The property owner reportedly got out, and they might have had a confrontation. After the supposed confrontation, Dghoughi got shot and died from his injuries.
Texan Gets Arrested Over His Death
NPR reported that a Texas man named Terry Turner, 65 got arrested on Friday over the death of Dghoughi. Turner faces a murder charge for shooting Dghoughi.
Records showed that Turner turned himself into the authorities after detectives contacted his attorney. However, NPR said he only spent less than two hours in custody despite being arrested as he was released after paying the bond set.
Turner’s arrest came 11 days after 31-year-old Dghoughi died. The family and loved ones of Dghoughi have been frustrated over the delay alongside advocacy groups and the media.
Council On American-Islamic Relations Releases Statement
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Austin is working closely with Dghoughi’s family and loved ones. NPR quoted the executive director of CAIR Austin, Faizan Syed, saying, “We welcome the arrest, but our work is not done.” He added that they will push for “justice for the family of Adil Dghoughi and for all the families in Texas and nationwide impacted by gun violence.”
The Information Released So Far
The shooting took place in the early morning of Oct. 11. Dghoughi stopped his car near Turner’s house, and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said Turner confronted a suspicious vehicle parked outside his residence. At the time Turner saw the car, the headlights on Dghoughi’s car were off. However, Turner claimed after he got his handgun and proceeded outside, the lights to Dghoughi’s car came on, and he reportedly rapidly accelerated in reverse. Turner then ran after the car and smacked the window. After that, he fired his gun at Dghoughi.
When Turner called 911, he told a dispatcher he had just killed a guy and that the person tried to pull a gun at him, so he shot him. Investigation showed, however, that Dghoughi was not armed during the incident. Further, Dghoughi’s girlfriend said he got shot while his windows were not rolled down. The bullet went through his hand, then to his head, and out the passenger seat door.