Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Gun-Carrying Driver Arrested in Road Rage Incident
Westport police tonight arrested a 43-year-old Trumbull man after he allegedly pointed a gun at an occupant of a car he had passed in a no-passing zone on Wilton Road.
Andrew Blum: released on $2,500 bond. Westport Police photo
Andrew Blum, who police said had a carry permit for the Glock .40-caliber handgun, was charged with threatening and reckless endangerment. He was released on $2,500 bond for an Oct. 12 Norwalk Superior Court appearance.
Police said the incident began with a 911 call at about 6 p.m. from a woman who said she and her son while traveling southbound on Wilton Road was passed by a black SUV in a no-passing zone.
The two vehicles then came to a stop and the intersection of Wilton Road and Kings Highway North where an occupant in the complainant’s vehicle approached the SUV, police said.
“Upon reaching the passenger side of the vehicle, it was reported that the driver of the SUV pointed a black-colored semi-auto handgun at him,” a police news release said. “The driver of the SUV then sped off heading eastbound on Kings Highway.”
The complainants told police the license plate number which was traced to Trumbull, police said. Trumbull police located Blum at his residence and detained him until Westport officers arrived and took him into custody and seized his gun as evidence, police said.
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Coming from a guy with a handgun permit and a strong gun rights person…
This guy’s permit should be immediately withdrawn.
The ONLY time that a person should draw a gun on another person is if they feel an IMMEDIATE threat to their life or grave bodily harm.
Well said John. I think that is good for openers and then he can serve some time.
Let that be a lesson to the other road rage afficionados in town. There are too many.
Appreciate that no one should be swinging a gun around, but why the heck did someone get out of the woman’s car and approach the SUV? Seems to me the guy in the SUV may have an argument, as perhapshe felt threatened. Its certainly not good to be startled by someone tapping on your window when at a stop light. With car jackings up, sometimes need to be ready to fight or take flight. Let the courts gather the facts and decide.
John, I could not agree more! I am a guy who also has a permit and with it comes great responsibility. An unarmed person approaching a car does not pose an initial threat warranting deadly force.
For most of my life I lived in Washington, DC. I avoided crossing the Potomac into Virginia except when it was absolutely unavoidable (like going to the airport) because the commonwealth allows just about anyone to carry concealed weapons, leading to several cases of shoot outs following driving disputes. Now I realize that the same thing is possible even in civilized Connecticut.
Michael, the violent crime rate in Washington DC is the highest in the nation. By contrast, Virginia is near the bottom of the list, about equal with Connecticut.
I went to college in Virginia and was never nervous about getting shot. DC made me nervous. My sister went to Georgetown and you couldn’t even walk around at night for fear of getting mugged. I’m pretty sure that the muggers didn’t have permits.
I was expecting that someone would have this response to what I wrote. Strange as it may seem, I lived in Washington for almost 50 years and I was never a victim of a violent crime, nor did I have any friends in DC who were. Maybe we just bucked the odds. But I do remember reading about two guys who were “road-ragers” and who both got out of their vehicles - in suburban Virginia - and started blasting away at each other, leaving one vehicle with 13 bullet holes.
cool story Michael Moore. You should make a documentary about it. Get it? because your name is Michael Moore
Best to stop while you’re ahead, Michael Moore peaked out with Canadian Bacon.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport