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*4000th Story*: Road Rage Incident Resolved With Handgun

April 20, 2009

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Kingsport, Tennessee

From the April 13, 2009 Kingsport (Tenn.) Times-News:

A Kingsport man used his concealed handgun to protect himself during an alleged road rage incident on Sunday.

According to Kingsport Police, the incident occurred about 1:58 a.m. on Harris Avenue.

Michael Salyer told police he was headed home when a yellow Ford Probe in front of him started weaving from left to right.

The driver, later identified as Jonathan Lee Adams, 28, 1630 Spruce St., stopped in the middle of the road, jumped out and started screaming at him, Salyer said.

When Adams tried to get in his car, Salyer said, that’s when he pulled out his handgun and ordered him to stop.

Adams’ passenger, later identified by police as his girlfriend Laura Kathleen Cain, 42, same address, then yelled at Adams, and he ran back toward the Probe and the pair drove off, Salyer said.

Police later found the Probe at the couple’s home.

The pair initially denied having the car out, saying they’d been home since 7 p.m.

Adams eventually admitted being involved in an argument with Salyer on Harris Avenue.


Texas: ‘Justified homicides’ more than doubled

January 8, 2009

San Antonio, Texas

From My San Antonio of January 4, 2009

‘Justified homicides’ more than doubled

One hour after revelers welcomed the new year in 2008, a motorist at a Northwest Side intersection fired three shots into 24-year-old Tomas Garza, moments after authorities said Garza threatened the motorist with a baseball bat in an apparent road-rage incident.

The killing, the first of 137 recorded in San Antonio last year, was an act of self-defense, police later determined, and was classified by department officials as a justified homicide.


Idaho: Boise man arrested after handgun standoff on Table Rock

August 24, 2008

Boise, Idaho

From the Idaho Statesman of August 21, 2008

Boise man arrested after handgun standoff on Table Rock

A 37-year-old Boise man is being held in the Ada County Jail on a felony aggravated assault charge after a handgun standoff late Wednesday night on Table Rock.

Damon Glenn Smith was also charged with felony DUI and misdemeanor resisting arrest after the incident, which occurred at 11:48 p.m. Wednesday on top of the Table Rock mesa, a popular sightseeing spot overlooking Boise.

Witnesses told police the trouble started when a car passed Smith’s truck as both vehicles were on the way up to the top of Table Rock.

Witnesses said when Smith got to the top of the mesa, by the giant fluorescent cross which overlooks the city, he got out of his truck and pulled out a handgun, first threatening the driver of the other car, and then pointing it at other people on top of the mesa and threatening them.

At that point, witnesses said the driver of the car Smith first threatened pulled out a 9 mm handgun, pointed it at Smith, and told him he was going to disarm him. That man then took the handgun from Smith and determined it was fake.

Witnesses told police Smith got into his truck and tried to drive away but was stopped by police, who were responding to a 911 call about the fight.

Smith, who appeared visibly intoxicated had a hard time standing and failed field sobriety tests, according to police reports.

When officers went to take him into custody, Smith resisted arrest and had to be physically restrained, Boise Police spokesman Charles McClure said.

The other man involved in the confrontation displayed his handgun legally and police determined he was fully within his rights to defend himself at the time, McClure said.

Road Rage Leads to Shooting Death in Hanover, Penn.

August 22, 2008

Hanover, Pennsylvania

From the August 20, 2008 York [Penn.] Daily Record:

On June 28, only two days after the Supreme Court announced its 5-4 ruling that Washington, D.C., citizens have the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the Constitution, I found myself standing in a pool of blood in York, from a man I had just shot. It was not my intent that evening to test the Second Amendment or kill somebody, but events unfolded to make it necessary for me to draw my weapon to defend myself and others.

My fiancée Maria and I had spent the day showing real estate investors our investment properties in York. We were driving to nearby Hanover to visit my mother when we came across what looked like a rear-end traffic accident.

Instead, a man, Douglas Need, had been driving recklessly when he swerved in front of a car and was hit in the rear. In a fit of road rage, he stormed out of his car, went back to two young women and a baby in the car that hit his, reached through the driver’s window and started beating the driver very violently. She was able to break free and drive her car to the only place she could go — the parking lot next to the street. Need ran back to his car, squealed his tires into the parking lot and looked as though he was going to broadside the women’s car with them still inside.

At the last moment, he swerved his car around and blocked hers from going anywhere. I pulled into the parking lot, got out of the car and yelled at Need to leave the women alone while Need’s passenger was in the parking lot. My gun was still holstered by my side. The woman got out of her car and escaped into the store. He followed but only moments later exited the store back into the parking lot. Both Need and the man with him were uncontrollably enraged and seemed deranged past the point of caring who they hurt.

As they continued to threaten that they had guns and were going to kill people, for some unknown reason Need ran to the driver’s side door of my car and started pounding on the window, shouting at my fiancée who was inside the car with the engine running. Fearing that Maria’s life was in danger because of his previous death threats, that’s when I drew my weapon. I ordered Need to step away from my car, which he did. He then returned to the center of the parking lot, according to witnesses, and continued with threats and deranged behavior.

I went to my car and stood at the driver’s side door. Need turned back to me and started coming at me with his arms waving and shouting “just shoot me.” I ordered him to stay back, but he kept coming. Then, when he was about four or five feet from me, he put his hand into his pants pocket, and that is when I fired my first shot into his left thigh. It didn’t stop him from coming at me. He grabbed my shirt, ripped off the top button and grabbed my right arm. That’s when I shot him the second time point-blank into his thigh. I was told later that the bullets had severed his femoral artery and he had bled to death at York Hospital. I was truly sorry he died, but knew I had made the right decisions.

Man With Baseball Complains About Driving; Leaves When Pistol Appears

August 9, 2008

Hilton Head, South Carolina

From the August 9, 2008 Island Packet:

Slow driving led to a confrontation between a 22-year-old Citadel student and an unidentified man involving a baseball bat and a pistol on Hilton Head Island on Thursday afternoon, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The student, who was lost, had been driving slowly on Beach City Road looking for a doctor’s office when he pulled into a parking lot to look at a map, according to the report.

A man driving a Porsche pulled in behind him and approached him carrying a baseball bat. The man was yelling about the student’s driving.

The student pulled a Glock 23 pistol from his glove box and got out of his car, the report stated.

The man with the bat put his hands up, returned to the Porsche and drove away.

The student called the sheriff’s office from his parents’ Hilton Head home. He was not charged in the incident.

Indiana: Road rage shooting being called self-defense

June 19, 2008

Jeffersonville, Indiana

From WAVE3 of June 17, 2008

Road rage shooting being called self-defense

Police are calling it a case of violent road rage after a man is shot at a Jeffersonville, Indiana intersection. WAVE 3’s Scott Harvey reports on the incident that happened at the corner of Allison Lane and 10th Street around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

It is a case of road rage with a twist. Detectives working the case tell us the shooter hasn’t been charged, because it appears to be a case of self defense.

It’s not the sort of thing you normally see on your commute home from work.

“People were standing in the parking lot. Nobody was doing anything, but talking on cell phones, so I told my girlfriend I was going to walk over and see what was going on,” said Robert Bagshaw. “As I got closer the guy was talking about he’d been shot.”

Investigators say it started as an altercation between a man riding a motorcycle and a woman driving a SUV behind him.

“He said they came flying up on him when he was getting ready to turn,” said Bagshaw. “So he slowed down on his turn, next thing you know they rolled up a little bit more. They had a few words. He jumped off his bike.”

“She never got out of the vehicle and that is where the shooting occurred,” said Det. Todd Hollis with the Jeffersonville Police Department.

Bagshaw says the man had a single gunshot to the chest. He waited with the motorcycle rider until EMS arrived. He told us the man kept talking about the argument at the car.

“Supposedly she thought he had spit at her, but he said his false teeth fell out, so she shot him,” explained Bagshaw. “So, I mean, there may be a little more to it than what the other guy is saying of course.”

And investigators say there is. No charges have been filed against the woman, because police say at this point it appears to be self-defense.

“Exactly what he said or what his actions were, how threatening they were, will be determined through the investigation,” said Det. Hollis.

Det. Hollis told us the woman was completely cooperative. So much so she called 911 from the scene. Police say she does have a permit to carry the snub-nosed .38 caliber revolver used in the shooting.

“It does belong to her,” said Det. Hollis. “We ran a check on it to make sure it’s wasn’t stolen. She does carry it in the car for her protection. She told us that.”

Regardless, Det. Hollis says this should be a lesson on how not to deal with road rage.

“If someone cuts you off or if someone acts aggressive on the road, the best thing to do is get away from it,” said Det. Hollis. “If they are acting aggressive to a point to where they are dangerous, call police.”

The man was taken to University Hospital in Louisville and at last check was in surgery. His condition is unknown at this time.

Police say they will continue to investigate, but ultimately the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office will have the final say if charges will be filed.

Texas: San Antonio road rage killing deemed self-defense

January 2, 2008

San Antonio, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of January 2, 2008

San Antonio road rage killing deemed self-defense

In an apparent case of road rage, a motorist shot a driver to death who threatened him with a baseball bat.

Police said that the shooting just after midnight on New Year’s Day appeared to be in self-defense, so they didn’t plan to charge 24-year-old Brian Correa.

“It was apparent to us that he was defending himself,” said police spokesman Sgt. Gabe Trevino, who added that the shooter had a license to carry a concealed weapon.

Correa shot the 24-year-old driver three times with a handgun, a police report said. The Bexar County medical examiner’s office identified the deceased driver as Tomas Garza.

Correa and several witnesses quoted in the report said that Garza had maneuvered his Mitsubishi Lancer behind Correa’s Chevrolet Camaro around 1 a.m. Tuesday and began driving aggressively, trying to hit the Camaro.

When the cars came to a stop at a traffic light, Garza got out and hit the Camaro several times with the bat, according to the police report.

Correa told Garza to stop, but Garza began toward him so Correa fired at him, according to the report.

Witnesses corroborated Correa’s account with police.

“I’m still really shaken up. I don’t really want to talk about it at all,” Correa told a reporter with the San Antonio Express-News when contacted at his home.

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Man Shot, Allegedly Killed In Self-Defense

June 12, 2007

Tulsa, Oklahoma

From June 11, 2007 Fox channel 23:

(TULSA, Okla.) June 11 – A Tulsa driver who shot a man in an apparent case of road rage says, “it was self defense.”

An elderly Tulsa driver says he was assaulted by a man, near 21st and Riverside, yesterday. He said he had to shoot the man to protect his life.

The shooter told FOX23 News that the other man, Dale Turney, was unhappy with his driving, so Turney followed him to a parking lot.

The shooter says he didn’t want to fight and tried to back away from Turney.

He also showed Turney that he had a gun. But Turney was getting closer and closer and pushed him in the chest.

The shooter says Turney told him “you are history.” That’s when the shooter says he felt like his life was in danger, so he shot Turney.

June 9, 2007

Coon Rapids, Minnesota

From the Twin Cities Pioneer Press of June 8, 2007

Coon Rapids man said he fired in ‘self defense’ as he walks out of jail without charges

Investigators refuse to release name of officer, who suspect’s family says pulled a gun on them

The Coon Rapids man arrested in the Thursday shooting of an undercover police officer in a road rage confrontation said he shot in “self defense” as he was released this afternoon without being charged.

After meeting with Coon Rapids police, prosecutors opted today to not charge 35-year-old Martin Scott Treptow, said the prosecutor overseeing the case. The investigation, though, into the entire incident continues, prosecutors said.

Witnesses described Thursday shooting as the culmination of a rolling argument that escalated into an apparent full-blown case of road rage. The suspect’s family said Treptow fired only after a man pulled a gun on them and they had no idea he was an officer. Treptow said outside the jail this afternoon, that the officer drew his gun first.

Police arrested Treptow shortly after the shooting after he called police from a nearby gas station.

A day after the shooting, the cop’s bosses at the Robbinsdale Police Department continue to refuse to release the officer’s name.

Coon Rapids police did not rule out the county prosecutor filing charges against the officer. Officials with the Anoka County attorney’s office said no charges will be filed in this case at this time.

“At this point we are giving the county attorney’s office everything we have. We are not giving any recommendation, one way or the other,” Coon Rapids Deputy Chief Timothy Snell said this morning.

Meanwhile, Treptow’s family, who last night told the Pioneer Press they were only protecting themselves from a “renegade cop” who had pulled a gun on them, refused to comment this morning.

On Thursday, Robbinsdale Police Chief Wayne Shellum said his officer was just doing his job. But Treptow’s father said last night the plainclothes officer threatened his family with his gun and that Treptow shot him to protect his family.

“This is a case of people letting their tempers get out of control,” Snell said. “It escalated and became a deadly force situation just because of some petty misdemeanor driving issues.”

Police refused Thursday to release the 27-year-old officer’s name, saying he was working undercover, but he is described as a six-year veteran of the Robbinsdale police force. He sustained injuries to both legs and an arm, although investigators aren’t sure how many shots were fired.

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March 9, 2007

Memphis, Tennessee

From March 8, 2007 WAVE channel 3 (Louisville, Ky.):

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — Police in Memphis say a gunman firing a pistol beside a busy city street was subdued by two passers-by who were also armed.

No one was hurt during the incident that apparently began with a minor traffic accident, but one passing car was believed hit by a bullet.

Brothers William Webber and Paul Webber told police they stopped their car and pulled their own pistols when they saw a man firing a handgun yesterday.

The brothers said they ordered the man to drop his weapon and then held him at gunpoint until police arrived a few minutes later. Police say the Webbers did not fire their pistols.

Police arrested Dementrius Roberson and charged him with reckless endangerment. Police say the Webber brothers and Roberson have licenses to carry firearms.

Same story also at March 8, 2007 channel 24.