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Road Rage Incident Leads to Arrest


Surveillance photo showing two men fighting in a parking lot, and police say it stemmed from a road rage incident. | Image by WFAA

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A fight that began as a road rage incident on Tuesday led to an arrest in Mesquite after a man pulled a gun and pointed it at another man, according to police.

The road rage incident took place around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the 18600 block of Interstate 635. Police believe that both vehicles involved in the road rage were stopped in a parking lot.

A video taken by a witness showed one of the men knocking the other to the ground. The person who was knocked down was identified as 51-year-old suspect Stephen Phillips.

Phillips stood up and pulled a gun on the other man. The video showed the other man attempting to disarm Phillips. The man was successful and the two men are shown walking away in the same direction.

Police revealed that Phillips attempted to pull the trigger during the fight but was unable to because the gun’s safety was on.

The other man accidentally fired the gun while trying to clear it, according to police.

Police arrested Phillips and he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Neither Phillips nor the other man reported any damage or injuries.

Pastor Ricardo Miller captured the incident while watching from an office in the Town East Tower, across from Town East Mall.

Miller told WFAA that when he saw the gun he kept thinking, “Please don’t pull the trigger, don’t pull the trigger.”

“My thinking is – if he shoots this guy, he could kill him and any bystanders,” he said.

Miller noted the importance of gun safety.

“I think it’s important for those who are gun carriers to remind themselves that there is a time where you can honestly say a life is threatened,” Miller said. “But there are a lot of times when you can be angry, but that doesn’t mean your life is threatened. There is a big difference. You can be embarrassed, frustrated, you cannot like what is happening to you. But that still doesn’t give you a right to pull out a gun.”

Officer Jolyn Lopez of Mesquite Police Department stated that road rage incidents are becoming more common across North Texas.

“Don’t try to win the battle. It’s better to disengage from an angry driver and call 911,” said Lopez.            

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6 days ago

Thank God that safety was engaged. Most gun owners normally have the safety disengaged because time in a situation will not allot for let me flip this lever. Again we as firearm owners need to really learn how to use our words before running to our secondary protection.

William McBreen
William McBreen
6 days ago

Good thing the safety was on. That guy would’ve killed the other guy over nothing. GROW UP! Act your age and not your shoe size.

Perry Webster
Perry Webster
5 days ago

I agree

Kathryn McGuire-Garrett
Kathryn McGuire-Garrett
2 days ago

Anger management, anyone?

1 day ago

The man in shorts was clearly the first aggressor. However, armed citizens should try to avoid fistfights at all costs. This armed person broke that rule with severe consequences.. which could have been worse. Losing a fistfight while armed can lead to you being shot with your own gun. Just de-escalate and call the cops.