A motorist who was captured on video pointing a gun toward a passing vehicle on Interstate 35E last week claimed he did so out of self-defense, police said Monday after detectives talked to the man.
The man said he “saw an unknown object in the other driver’s hand which he believed to be a weapon,” according to a Lancaster police news release.
Police have not released the man’s name. Investigators are still working to determine whether charges will be filed.
The incident happened on Friday afternoon in Lancaster, south of Dallas.
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A video and photos of the man were posted to Facebook by Victoria Best, who filmed him while driving past him on the highway.
Best’s video had been viewed more than 2.8 million times on Facebook by Sunday evening. She told WFAA that the man had been driving in front of her and braking repeatedly.
“It was like he was trying to cause a rear-end accident,” Best told WFAA. “That was what made me pick up my phone and start recording.”
After the incident was publicized over the weekend, police received a tip about the man’s identity on Monday. He turned himself in at the police department for questioning Monday afternoon and was released, according to the news release.
In an unrelated road rage incident Saturday, Arlington police arrested a man who is suspected of shooting five rounds into the air near a woman who had honked her horn to avoid a collision in the 800 block of Web Street.
Jose Mendoza, 23, faces charges of deadly conduct and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Arlington police have been cracking down on road rage since the fatal shooting of Dylan Spaid, 19, on Interstate 20 in June.