Texas reserve deputy opens fire on truck driver during road rage incident
A truck driver said a Texas reserve deputy opened fire on him over a traffic dispute.
Daniel Zurita Jr. was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after firing several rounds at the driver of a truck that he believed had cut him off, reported KVUE-TV.
The 41-year-old Zurita is a reserve sheriff’s deputy in Wilson County.
Police said Zurita was trying to perform a traffic stop on Interstate 35 outside of Austin shortly after midnight April 27 when he became enraged.
Semi-truck driver Frank Collins III said he was suddenly cut off by a red pickup whose driver repeatedly braked for about a half mile.
Both vehicles were forced to stop a short time later, and the 56-year-old Collins said Zurita got out of his vehicle and fired six shots through the windshield.
He said Zurita was not wearing a badge, was driving an unmarked vehicle, and never identified himself as a law enforcement officer.
In fact, Collins said, the reserve deputy never said a word before he opened fire with a Glock 40 handgun.
Collins ducked to avoid shards of glass but managed to drive off.
He struck Zurita’s pickup while attempting to escape the gunfire.
Collins was treated for shards of glass that became lodged in his abdomen when the windshield shattered.
Zurita was released from jail on $50,000 bond.
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