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Former NASCAR Driver Shot Dead After Attacking Ex-Wife With Axe

Max Sherry


Former NASCAR Driver Shot Dead After Attacking Ex-Wife With Axe

Featured Image Credit: PA

Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley has been shot dead after attacking his ex-wife with an axe.

According to reports filed by Georgia police, Townley turned up to his former partner's house just a matter of days after their divorce papers had been filed.

John Wes Townley. Credit: PA
John Wes Townley. Credit: PA

It's understood Townley then began attacking his ex-wife as well as a 32-year-old man named Zachary Anderson with a hatchet.

Police then allege that Anderson, who was present in the house at the time of the attack, shot Townley "through the chest".

"At some point during the altercation, Anderson fired several shots with his firearm," Officer Lt. Shaun Barnett said.

Barnett also confirmed that Townley's ex-wife was struck in the abdomen "accidentally", although it remains unknown whether those injuries were sustained from the gun or axe.

She was badly wounded and rushed to hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.

A formal investigation is still still underway with no arrests or charges handed out at this time.

Tributes have come flooding in for Townley with motorsport fans flocking to social media to pay their respects to the 31-year-old.

Current NASCAR star Bubba Wallace tweeted: "Damn. Rest Easy JWT. Heartbreaking."

While motorsport reporter Chris Knight added: "I am saddened to hear about what happened and my thoughts and prayers are with all the parties involved."

Townley compete in 76 NASCAR races from 2008 to 2016 and his first and only win came almost exactly six years to the day that he died.

Topics: Motorsport news, Motorsport, Australia

Max Sherry
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