Man arrested in death of truck driver shot, killed on Gulf Freeway

Woman released, no charges filed

Kevin Peoples, 29.
Kevin Peoples, 29.

HOUSTON – Houston police arrested a man Thursday in the death of a truck driver who was shot before later falling off an overpass on the Gulf Freeway in March.

Kevin Peoples, 29, is charged with murder.  

According to Houston police, a truck driver, Alex Benson, got into an altercation at the Sun Suites Extended Stay hotel in the 12400 block of the Gulf Freeway and someone opened fire.  Benson was shot, but managed to get into his truck and drive off.

Benson, 48, drove to an overpass on the Gulf Freeway near Almeda Mall, where he stopped the truck and got out.

The man tried to go for help, but fell 15 feet off the overpass and landed in a U-Turn lane..

The woman who was with Peoples at the time of the shooting has been released without charges, according to police.