Monday, August 29, 2011

Man, enraged when car in front of him stops for yellow light, pulls gun

53-year-old Richard Rankin, of Pearland, Texas was driving closely behind another car Thursday afternoon. The car in front of him came to the intersection of Ray and Austin Streets and stopped for a yellow light. When the light turned green Rankin pulled up alongside the other car and allegedly pulled out a gun, pointed it at the driver, and sped away. Pearlman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and exhibiting a deadly weapon.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Man accused of pointing gun across son's face at another driver in road rage incident

36-year-old Daniel Luhrs, of Ellwood City, PA got into an altercation with Megan Marrow as the two were driving on Route 376 in Center Township, PA. It's unclear what caused the altercation but after both vehicles exited the highway, while Luhrs was traveling in the left lane and Marrow in the right Luhrs allegedly pulled out a handgun, pointed it across the nose of his 14-year-old son who was sitting in the front seat, and aimed it at Marrow. Luhrs also had his 10-year-old son in the back seat and Marrow had her 7-month-old daughter in the backseat of her car.
Marrow called police and they arrested Luhrs a short time later in a Walmart parking lot. He admitted to pulling the gun but said he had only held it up in the air and didn't point it at Marrow. He also noted that he had a concealed weapons permit to carry the gun.
Luhrs was arrested and charged with three counts of reckless endangerment.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Police release sketch of man wanted in road rage shooting

Washington State Police have released a sketch of a man who is wanted in connection with a road rage shooting that took place early Monday.
According to police, two vehicles were driving south on Rt. 167 in Sumner when a man in a Mazda came up behind the victim's car, a Mitsubishi, and passed on the shoulder, narrowly avoiding a crash. As the Mitsubishi went to exit the road the driver of the Mazda rolled down the passenger window and fired a single shot at the other car.
The bullet entered the rear passenger door, struck an 18-year-old male in the arm and continued on through the passenger seat and struck a 17-year-old female in the back. Both victims recovered from their injuries.
Police are asking for the public's help to find the shooter. He is described as a white man with dark hair, driving a 2009 to 2011 Mazda 6.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Man found guilty in road rage shooting

33-year-old Christopher Garrett of Norristown, Pennsylvania has been found guilty of two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of recklessly endangering another person and simple assault for shooting Jose Iglesias during a road rage incident last August.
The incident started when Iglesias cut Garrett off on a stretch of road where two lanes narrow to one. Garrett then pulled up next to Iglesias at a red light, got out of his car and started to shout at Iglesias. Both men then were out of their cars and started fighting.
Garrett is 6 feet 9 inches tall, Iglesias is only 5 feet 8 inches. Yet Garrett testified that Iglesias was beating him in the fist fight.
At some point during the altercation a 9mm handgun fell out of the back brace that Garrett was wearing. At the time he had a valid permit to carry the concealed, loaded weapon.
According to court testimony, Garrett picked up the gun, Iglesias raised his arms and said, "What are you going to do shoot me?" At which point Garrett pulled the gun's slide, chambered a round, and pointed the gun at Iglesias. He then shot Iglesias.
Garrett argued he shot in self-defense but the prosecution contended that Garret provoked the confrontation from start to finish and deadly force was not warranted. The jury deliverated less than four hours before finding Garrett guilty.
Mr. Iglesias was not available to testify because during the surgery to repair the damage done when the bullet perforated his liver and lung, Iglesias went into cardiac arrest, was deprived of oxygen and is now in a persistent vegetative state.
Iglesias' wife testified at trial that he is bedbound and entirely dependent on her for basic care and that he cannot move or talk.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Road rage leads to gun showdown between two men

A 60-year-old man on a motorcycle in Xenia, Ohio didn't like the way an 18-year-old was driving a Pontiac Firebird. He felt the teen was driving erratically and so he decided to follow him home to "teach him a lesson." The teen noticed he was being followed and called home and told his parents to "have a gun waiting." When the two pulled up at the teen's house someone came out with a gun and pointed it at the man on the motorcycle. So the man on the motorcycle pulled out a gun and pointed back.
Both sides called 911 and when the police arrived the two men pointing the guns couldn't figure out which one of them was being yelled at by the officers. According to police, "With two guns and two people on the phone with dispatchers, things got a little confusing. This is a situation where things escalated very quickly, and we could have had a much worse result."
The incident remains under investigation but the teen has been arrested and charged with aggravated menacing.