- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BIG SPRING, Texas (AP) - A West Texas man is free on bond after being charged with murder in the death of a man who stole his mother’s car from a truck stop, authorities said Wednesday.

James Keck, 24, of McCamey, posted a $50,000 bond Sunday, a day after 42-year-old Bobby Gene Bricker of Big Spring was shot twice in the head.

Keck called 911 Saturday night to tell dispatchers he was in a vehicle chasing a man at a high rate of speed. Dispatchers told him to slow down and that officers were en route.

A probable cause affidavit obtained by KOSA-TV of Odessa and Midland shows Keck told investigators he thought his daughter was in the vehicle and that the suspect had a gun. But during a news conference Monday, Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker said, “The deceased was unarmed and never fired a shot.”

“Keck used deadly force when it was not called for,” Parker said.

Efforts to reach Keck or an attorney for him were not successful Wednesday.

Keck did not mention his daughter in portions of the 911 call that were included in the affidavit. Other parts of Keck’s story don’t match, according to the affidavit.

Keck told investigators he shot twice at one of the vehicle’s back tires and that the driver slammed on the brakes. He said he kept his gun “on the vehicle” and “saw the driver’s side front window burst.” Thinking the driver shot at him, Keck said he fired back.

He told investigators the vehicle then pulled off the road. He ran to his mother’s vehicle and told police the man was still alive.

The affidavit, citing the 911 recording, states that “what sounded like” two shots were fired and Keck is heard saying, “I shot him. He’s dead.”

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