1 Shot During Road Rage Incident In Wilson County

Posted at 5:43 AM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 20:23:37-05

A suspect search got underway after a man was shot during an early-morning road rage incident in Wilson County. 

Officials with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened before 1:30 a.m. on Monday in the area of Carthage Highway near the intersection of Big Springs Road.

The alleged victim told authorities he was traveling east when he passed a slower moving vehicle. He said the truck immediately passed him back, at which point the victim again passed him.  

He claimed the suspect passed him for a second time and then stopped in the roadway. Both men got out of their vehicles and an altercation ensued.

At some point, the man was shot once. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

"The two engaged in erratic behavior and it culminated to both individuals exiting the vehicles and having a confrontation," Detective Walker Woods told NewsChannel 5. 

Neither men reportedly knew each other prior to the incident. However, the alleged victim isn't cooperating with investigators. 

"He has been uncooperative in some facets of the investigation that has left us with some questions," Det. Woods said. "Anytime you have unanswered questions in a case especially when you have a violent act, it's very urgent we get those questions answered."

The suspect was described as a white male in his mid to late 30’s, around 6’2 tall, with dark hair and a goatee.

His vehicle was said to be a later model GMC Sierra pickup truck with either an extended or crew cab.

The incident remained under investigation.

Officials urge drivers to not engage in aggressive or erratic behavior. 

"We would direct anyone, anytime they are involved in a road rage type incident or anyone with erratic driving that they would attempt to go a different direction, try to distance themselves from any possible suspects and to also call 911 or the local jurisdiction," Det. Woods added.

Anyone with information was urged to contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 615-444-1412.