Disturbing video shows the moment a 30-year-old man pulled out a gun and shot at another motorist, in a road rage incident that is now before the courts. A lawyer for Michael Phillip Popper has obtained dashcam footage recorded by his own car on the day of the incident, which occurred in Florida, the United States (US) on 21 June 2022 at around 07:00.
WHAT LED TO ROAD RAGE INCIDENT?
Explaining the road rage incident, Florida police say Popper changed lanes in front of the driver of the other vehicle and abruptly cut him off. When the motorist honked his horn, an angry Popper shouted an expletive and abruptly applied his brakes.
The other driver, who was identified as the victim in the matter, reportedly tailgated Popper and made hand gestures out of his driver’s window. In the dashcam video, the defendant is seen retrieving a handgun from his center console and pointing it towards his driver’s door.
“When the defendant begins to pass the victim on the right, the defendant points the handgun towards his right-front passenger door. As the victim passes the defendant, he throws and strikes the victim’s vehicle with an unknown object,” police say.
Popper shot at the car eleven times. Both drivers were not injured.
“Popper claimed he thought he had been shot at. The victim said he threw a water bottle at the defendant’s vehicle and was not in possession of a firearm,” police said.