Man allegedly pulls gun on off-duty Columbus police officer during road rage incident

MORROW COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH)–A road rage situation ended after one driver pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot the other driver–but little did he know, the other driver was an off-duty Columbus police officer.

The Morrow County Sheriff said that the off-duty police officer was driving on County Road 25 Sunday afternoon when a man in a red Ford pickup truck passed him. He told a 911 operator the driver pulled across the road, blocking him in. The other driver pointed a handgun at him, leaving him little choice but to defend himself.

The officer said he tried to back up but his trailer jack-knifed, so he sped forward, crashing into the pickup with the driver still partially in the doorway.

“The guy just pulled a gun on me and I had to ram him,” the officer told 911.

The suspect limped off and by the time law enforcement got there, he was gone.

“And he has a gun with him?” the 911 operator asked.

“Yes he does, he tucked it in his pants,” the officer said. He pulled out a semi-automatic, black in color. I am a Columbus police officer, I don’t have my gun on otherwise I would have returned fire,”

We are not naming either the officer or the other driver. He was arrested this morning at his home on an unrelated charge but has not been charged for this incident.

“Well you have a right to defend yourself, to keep yourself from being harmed. In a situation like this the officer felt sure the suspect was going to shoot him, so he did what he had to protect himself,” said Morrow County Sheriff Steve Brenneman.

The sheriff said the pickup truck did not belong to the alleged road rage driver.

The suspect is locked up in the Morrow County jail and could soon face additional charges. The officer was not seriously hurt in the crash.

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