A Walnut Grove man was arrested by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday and charged with second degree murder after a fight with a roommate he was evicting ended in the roommate’s death, authorities say.
Daniel Oakley, 33, was arrested by sheriff’s investigators at the Hardin County jail after interviews revealed he hit Brian Keith Tucker, 49, with a propane tank, according to Hardin County Sheriff Johnny Alexander.
He said deputies, emergency medical services and the Hardin County Fire Department were dispatched to Oakley and Tucker’s home on Tenn. 69 at 10:47 p.m. Wednesday, after receiving a call reporting a break-in. The caller, believed to be Oakley’s wife, reported “an intruder on the front porch and injured.”
The caller later told emergency dispatchers the person was in the residence.
Deputies found Tucker lying in the yard, about five feet from the corner of the front porch, with facial injuries. EMS arrived and began to render aid to Tucker, and then loaded him for transport to a helicopter for air evacuation.
While en route to the helicopter, the ambulance diverted to begin CPR on Tucker, and instead went to Hardin Medical Center in an attempt to stabilize him. Tucker later died from his injuries, Alexander said.
“In his first statement, Daniel Oakley said Mr. Tucker broke into the residence, but Tucker lives there,” Alexander said, adding Oakley mailed Tucker a certified letter last Friday to begin the eviction process.
“Tucker stayed away for several days, but went back. Oakley said he hit him one time, while they were in the hallway of the home, with a propane bottle.”
Alexander said Oakley initially told investigators his wife woke him and said someone was in the home.
“That turned out to be false,” Alexander said.
Eventually, Alexander said, Oakley told investigators he had been outside working on a vehicle, and then drove it down the road away from the house. After Oakley left the property, Tucker pulled into the driveway, exited his vehicle and knocked on the door.
Tucker was let into the home by Oakley’s young child, who then informed Oakley’s wife, the child’s mother, that Tucker was there, and she called Oakley who then returned to the home.
“When Oakley came back, Tucker went outside and they had words on the porch, and then out in the yard. The altercation began there,” Alexander said.
Oakley is being held at the Hardin County jail. No bond had been set as of Friday morning.