All the recent publicity over road rage gunfire has led to a faulty arrest, according to a Dallas attorney.
Jose Mendoza is innocent, said Tom Pappas, the Dallas attorney representing him in the case.
Mendoza was arrested by Arlington police Saturday for allegedly firing five shots in the air because a woman honked her horn, according to police.
“There may have been shots fired off in the distance, but it was not Mendoza,” Pappas said.
Mendoza, 23, who is facing charges of deadly conduct and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, was released from jail after posting bail of $5,000 on each charge, Pappas said.
“We’ve started our own investigation,” Pappas said.
Pappas said he would like police to test for gunshot residue in the vehicle they have identified. Police should also check to see if the shell casings found at the scene match the gun recovered at an apartment, Papas said.
The driver of the vehicle that Mendoza was in dropped him off and headed to Cici’s Pizza, Pappas said. Police said witnesses helped them identify the vehicle parked at Cici’s as the one that was involved with the shooting.
“People are making threats against him [Mendoza] and his family on social media,” Pappas said. “He’s not used to that.”