Shepherdsville man accused of firing gun in road rage incident while 18-month-old in car
Shepherdsville Police say they've arrested a man and charged him with attempted murder after he fired a gun at another driver during a road rage incident -- all while his own 18-month-old child was riding in his car.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shepherdsville Police say they've arrested a man and charged him with attempted murder after he fired a gun at another driver during a road rage incident -- all while his own 18-month-old child was riding in his car.
According to an arrest report, it happened just after 7:30 p.m. Monday in the southbound lanes of I-65.
The victim, Jasen Shults, told police that he was driving in the fast lane on I-65 South, when another driver pulled up close to his bumper, passed him on the right, pulled in front of him, then slammed on the brakes.
That other driver was 22-year-old Curtis Wyatt, according to an arrest report.
Shults told police that he had to swerve to avoid hitting the other car, and wasn't sure whether he had hit the vehicle or not. He then passed the other driver on the right.
"All the sudden I see this car coming at me at a high rate of speed, I went to merge over into the right hand lane and he followed suit so I dipped back over into the hammer lane," said Shults. "Next thing I know, he comes flying up alongside me and slams on the brakes," he said.
But that wasn't the end of the encounter. Police say, shortly up the road, Wyatt reappeared to the victim's right, pointed a handgun at him, and fired. According to the arrest report, the bullet went through his front passenger door, "missing the victim by inches."
"I look over and I just see him staring at my window taking aim for a second shot," said Shults. "Thank the lord that none of my loved ones were sitting in that passengers seat at that time."
Police say Shults then, "used his vehicle to defend himself" by hitting Wyatt's vehicle, then driving to a rest area to call police.
"Training jumped in and just whipped the car to the right, put him off into the dirt and got away," said Shults.
Officers caught up with Wyatt at the 116 mile marker and stopped him a short time later.
Police say he admitted to passing the victim and slamming on his brakes in front of him. Wyatt allegedly told police that the victim did indeed hit has car, "causing him to lose control and go to the shoulder, slowing to approximately 15 mph." He also admitted to accelerating "in an attempt to catch up to and find the victim on the roadway."
Police say Wyatt told them the victim had been driving between 65 and 70 mph when he pulled up to the victim and fired a round from his .40 caliber handgun into the passenger door, all because he was angry. Wyatt said that's when the victim rammed his car.
When asked if he would have fired a second round into the vehicle if the victim had not rammed him, Wyatt allegedly told police "it was possible."
Police say Wyatt did all of these things while his 18-month-old son was in the vehicle.
"I'm a father myself, I have three young boys at home,' said Shults. "The first thing I did when I walked in the door was gave them all a big fat hug."
Wyatt was arrested at 8:30 p.m. and charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment. He is currently being held in the Bullitt County Detention Center.
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