The shooting death of a taxi driver during a robbery Saturday night has left his fellow cabbies shocked at the loss of a friend and on edge with the killer still at large.
"Until they catch whoever did it, we're prime targets," said Dean Davis, the 56-year-old owner of Diamond Taxi. "You never thought it would happen in a town like this."
William Roy Huson, known as "Huey" by other taxi drivers, was shot sometime after 10:40 p.m. Saturday, his body dumped in a field on Helo Drive near Vilas Road and Highway 62, according to Medford police.
Huson had last reported in with Valley Cab near Howiee's on Front in downtown Medford. Huson told his dispatcher he was taking a fare to Vilas Road. Valley Cab called police at 1:02 a.m. to report he was missing.
Officers found Huson's taxi at 5:02 a.m. Sunday in a parking lot near Ninth and Almond streets. Investigators discovered evidence in the car that indicated a serious crime had occurred.
After investigators found the car, they searched the area near Vilas Road, finding his body at 8:23 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his head. The suspect is still at large.
Davis, who plans to get a concealed weapons permit to protect himself, said Huson had been both a dispatcher and driver over the years and was well-known among other cab drivers.
"He was just a good guy," he said. "It was a sad day yesterday for all the cab drivers."
— Damian Mann
Read more in the Mail Tribune Tuesday.