Thursday, January 9, 2014

Maine man shot and killed in road rage incident while heading home from Florida

28-year-old Tim Davison, of Poland, Maine, was driving back home after visiting his sister in Florida.  He was driving north on I-81 near the Pennsylvania-Maryland border when he called 911 to report he was being chased and shot at by someone in a dark-colored pickup truck.

Tim called 911 twice.  A few minutes later the pickup truck ran Tim off the road and someone in the truck shot him multiple times, including in the head.  Tim died shortly after the shooting, at York Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania authorities are investigating a connection between this killing and another shooting that happened eight hours earlier about 60 miles away.  The victim in that incident, who was not injured, told police that the driver of a black Nissan pickup truck fired at him several times.

Tim's friends and family said he was not the type of person to engage with an enraged motorist. "If anything, he was the guy to calm everyone down," said a friend.

Police are still looking for the killer.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

62-year-old man charged in road rage killing in Tennessee

62-year-old Richard Manning, of Chattanooga, Tennessee had a confrontation with 39-year-old Norman Gallman while the two were driving on Moore Road in Chattanooga. According to reports, Gallman got out of his vehicle and walked back toward Manning, who was in the vehicle behind him. As he walked back, Manning allegedly pulled out a .40-caliber handgun and fired a shot at Gallman.

After Gallman was shot he stumbled back to his car. He was slumped over the steering wheel when police arrived. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Manning has been arrested and charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

According to reports, Manning was with the sheriff's office from 1977-1984 as a correctional officer at the jail. He was terminated for conduct unbecoming an officer and use of excessive fore. Reports fail to note whether or not Manning has a concealed weapons permit, which would allow him to carry a loaded handgun in his car.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Topeka police chief asks for change in guns in car law

In December 2012, Topeka, Kansas City Council members voted to allow people to carry loaded guns in their vehicles. Now the Topeka Police Chief is asking the Council to change the law.

"It was a let's try it and see what happens," said the police chief. "We tried it and saw that we were seeing some serious situations arise. It made us think maybe it isn't a good idea."

In one recent incident, a motorist pulled a gun on an off duty officer.

"The main issue is the weapon was in the car and the driver did not know the motorcyclist was a police officer," said the police chief. "Also because of the easy availability of the weapon by someone not ordinarily thought of as a criminal."

The chief would like to see the law changed to ban guns in cars with exceptions made for police officers, hunters, and people with concealed weapons permits.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Man shoots and kills woman in road rage attack

30-year-old Matthew Webster, of Swanton, Vermont, was driving home after breaking up with a woman with whom he had been having an affair. Webster met his wife at a gas station where they argued but then agreed to go home and talk. Webster told police that on the drive home he had a Ruger 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in his hand and that he intended to kill himself. He "began squeezing the trigger, but could not do it."

Webster ran a red light and almost got into an accident with a car being driven by 31-year-old Anna Alger, of Highgate. Alger followed Webster and when she saw him pull over, she did too. According to reports, she got out of her car to ask Webster why he cut her off.

Webster described Alger as charging "like a six-point buck coming over a hill." Webster still had the gun in his hand and shot Alger, emptying the clip. He shot her repeatedly, including shooting her in the head and chest. Police found 11 empty 9 mm shell cases on the road near Alger's body. Alger was taken to the hospital but died of her wounds.

Webster's wife told police he is being treated for depression and chronic anxiety among "so many other things." Webster admitted abusing prescription medication including oxycodone and methadone.

Webster has been charged with second-degree murder.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Two Concealed Weapons Permit Holders Shoot & Kill Each Other in Road Rage Incident

56-year-old Robert Taylor and 43-year-old James Pullum were driving on a highway in Ionia, Michigan. According to witness reports, Taylor began to closely follow Pullum.

The two men pulled into a car wash's parking lot. They reportedly both exited their vehicles, drew handguns and exchanged fire.

The men were transported to the local hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police have not yet released information about who fired their weapon first but did confirm that both men had concealed weapons permits.

The owner of the car wash where the shooting occurred told a reported he also has a concealed weapons permit but never carries a gun with him. "It's the strangest situation I've ever heard of," he said. "We've all had altercations in road rage, but to pull a weapon?"

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Man has trouble merging into traffic, responds by pointing handgun

27-year-old Aaron Stenger, of Hamilton, Ohio was driving south on Eaton Avenue at 7:30 in the morning. According to police reports, he became upset when another car wouldn't let him merge into traffic.
Stenger's response was to pull up next to the woman driving the car and point his handgun at her. He then continued on his way.
Stenger was arrested and was released on his own recognizance. Stenger, who has a concealed weapons permit for the gun, was ordered to have no weapons of any kind.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Motorist Allegedly Shot At Car for Driving Too Slow

23-year-old Finus Harvey, of Flint, Michigan has been arrested and charged with two counts of felonious assault for allegedly firing a shot at a motorist on U.S. 23.
Two men, ages 53 and 55, were traveling north on U.S. 23 Friday afternoon when they had to brake for slowing traffic. According to the complaint, a 2002 Buick Century pulled up next to them in the slow lane and the two men in the Buick "began yelling." Words were exchanged between both vehicles and in response Harvey pointed a pistol at them and fired it one time.
Harvey told police that the did show his gun during the exchange but denied firing a shot. He said he was angry because the other car was doing 45 mph in the fast lane.
Police found a handgun in Harvey's car as well as a spent shell casing. Harvey told police the casing was left there from when he was shooting the gun days earlier.