MONROE – The Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man accused of firing a gun during a road rage incident that occurred July 25 near the traffic circle at Wesley Chapel and Goldmine roads.
The victim told police a black pickup truck began beeping the horn while they were stopped at a traffic light around 7 p.m. at Wesley Chapel Road and Old Charlotte Highway.
The sheriff’s office said the victim “allegedly made a hand gesture” toward the suspect, prompting them to follow each other south on Wesley Chapel Road. As they approached the roundabout at Goldmine Road, the driver of the pickup truck passed the victim’s car and abruptly stopped. The driver got out of his truck, pointed a handgun toward the victim, threatened to kill the victim, and fired one round to the right of the victim’s car before driving away, according to the sheriff’s office. No injuries occurred.
The victim called 911 to report the incident and followed the truck toward Mineral Springs before losing sight of it.
Detectives arrested Chandler Marsh Williams, 22, of Fairview, on charges of assault by pointing a gun.
Sheriff Eddie Cathey said the incident could have turned out a lot worse.
“People get upset at other drivers over things they often have no control over,” he said. “Too many times, drivers are in a hurry and allow their emotions to get the best of them. Getting out of a vehicle to confront someone with a gun is never a good idea.”
Police: Woman connected to murder case
The Monroe Police Department has arrested a Marshville resident on charges related to the July 12 shooting death of Lucero Sosa Capote.
Police served a warrant on Kristen Chambers, 30, for conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
She is being held on a $500,000 bond.
Sheriff’s office: Inlaws fire shots to protect daughter
A Monroe man is in custody after kicking open his inlaws’ front door and demanding to see his wife, prompting the couple to fire shots toward him, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies arrested Michael Shane Blansett, 32, on felony charge of breaking and entering to terrorize or injure, assault and battery, as well as injury to real property following a disturbance.
The wife went next-door to her parent’s house following an argument around 8:30 p.m. July 29.
Blansett’s father-in-law fired a warning shot to scare him away, but Blansett advanced, prompting additional shots, which struck him in the torso, officials said. The handgun fell to the floor during a struggle.
Officials said Blansett’s mother-in-law picked up the gun and fired a shot toward Blansett.
Deputies found Blansett at his home. He was taken to a nearby hospital and released.
No charges were filed against anyone else. Blansett’s next court date is Aug. 27, 2019.