Family threatened by motorist with gun in weekend road rage incident, police say

A man has been charged after a family was threatened by a motorist with a gun during a road rage incident over Thanksgiving weekend, Calgary police say.

At around 3.40pm on Sunday, police were called to reports that a reckless driver on Blackfoot Trail had threatened another driver with a gun.

Police say friends were traveling south on Blackfoot Trail SE in two vehicles with their children when a white 2019 Toyota Camry cut in, forcing the one behind to brake hard to avoid a collision.

The Camry driver allegedly drove erratically, honking his horn, passing other vehicles and then stopping in the roadway, blocking traffic on 42nd Avenue SE

The driver then got out of the Camry, approached the family and allegedly pulled out a handgun and mimicked loading his firearm in preparation to fire. As this happened, he was shouting profanity at the occupants of the other vehicles, police said in a statement.

The driver then got back into his car and drove off.

Officers then located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle traveling westbound on Glenmore Trail, turning toward the Gray Eagle Casino parking lot. Officers stopped the vehicle and took the suspect into custody.

Suspect had firearms, wanted on trespass warrant

Following the arrest, a number of items were seized from the vehicle, including a small handgun loaded with a cartridge in the chamber and numerous .22 caliber cartridges in the magazine.

The motorist, who was found to be a suspended driver, was wanted on a trespassing warrant and did not hold a valid firearms license, police said.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges may be laid.

The accused was charged with:

  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Careless storage of a firearm.
  • Pointing a gun.
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
  • Carry a concealed weapon.
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm.
  • Driving while suspended.

He was released and is due to appear in court on November 14.


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