Officers responded to a road rage incident on Friday that resulted in one driver shooting another, according to information posted to the Elgin Police Department (EPD) Facebook page on Friday evening.
One vehicle was driving at the front of a long line of cars, travelling southbound on Highway 95 about eight to ten miles south of Elgin, at about 55 to 60 miles per hour on Friday afternoon around 2:45 p.m.
Another vehicle, also driving southbound and about four to five car-lengths behind the first vehicle, crossed over into the wrong lane and passed all of the cars ahead of him until he was in front of the first vehicle.
The driver of the second vehicle then slammed on his breaks, forcing the first vehicle and all of the vehicles behind him to stop. The driver then got out of his car and went to the first vehicle, hitting the vehicle and punching the driver’s window, causing the window to begin to crack.
As the driver of the second vehicle began to punch the window again, the driver of the first vehicle opened fire and shot the attacker in the face.
According to the post, EPD officers were first on the scene and took custody of the shooter. Fire and emergency medical services personnel arrived and gave medical attention to the person who had been shot. EPD personnel identified witnesses and secured the crime scene until enough state troopers and deputies from the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office arrived.
As of Friday night’s post, both the shooter and the attacker were alive. The incident appears to be isolated and does not present any further danger to the public.
Witnesses or anyone else with information to share about the incident are encouraged to call the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office at 512-549-5100.