Chesterfield police charge man with pulling a gun during road rage

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A trip down a busy Chesterfield road takes a violent turn. Police say 21-year-old Timothy West whipped out the firearm after a driver cut him off in the 8100 block of Hull Street Road.

Cruising along any road will now be very different for Andre Fitzgerald.

"We've gotten to a point now that the only way that seems to settle problems is with a firearm," said Andre Fitzgerald. "And that's not how you do things."

He's blown away by the news of road rage. It happened just before the lunch rush Tuesday morning. Chesterfield police say 21-year-old Timothy Elijah West was visibly upset after a driver cut him off.

As the pair traveled down Hull Street the victim says he waved his hands and said "what are you doing." Police say, that's when the guy pulled out a handgun and waved it through a window.

The victim, afraid of what could happen next, looked for a safe place to pull over.

Cops say the victim did everything right. He pulled into a lit, populated area; in this case a parking lot. And with a description of the vehicle, he pulled out his phone and dialed 911.

Andre's got his phone ready. He's also on the lookout for potential trouble.

"I get people right up on my bumper and I say, okay you need to just wait until I a clearing to get over," said Fitzgerald.

Chesterfield police also urge people not to antagonize the other driver or make eye contact with the rager. Andre says as soon as he sees trouble, "you just see them hitting on the steering wheel, 'come on, come on.'"

He's just going let it pass. "If you need to get where you've got to go that bad, go right ahead because at the end of the day I still have to get home to my family."

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