HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A local cyclist said a driver took out a semi-automatic handgun during a tense encounter Wednesday, after the driver nearly hit five cyclists with his SUV in Hanover County.
The disturbing road rage incident happened near Ashland, at the intersection of Elmont Road and Hanover Avenue.
In an interview Friday, cyclist Stephen Hancock said a white Chevrolet Tahoe repeatedly honked its horn and flashed its lights as the driver approached the pack of five riders.
The SUV drove within inches of the cyclists, and stopped at a turn where Hancock confronted the driver.
“He almost killed five people,” Hancock said. “He let go with some expletives, and it escalated to the point where he told me if I took one more step towards him, I'd be a dead man.”
According to Hancock, the man reached into the center console and pulled out a compact semi-automatic pistol. The driver then rested the gun on the open window, pointing the weapon at Hancock's chest.
“It became out-and-out warfare when he produced a handgun, and threatened to kill me if I took another step towards the vehicle.”
Hancock then yelled to his friends that the man had a gun, and the driver took off towards Hanover Avenue. The pack was about 20 ft. away, and was able to provide crucial details for law enforcement.
“The four other cyclists had the presence of mind to get a complete description of the vehicle that included the license number,” Hancock said.
The Hanover Sheriff's Office confirmed late Friday deputies received a complaint and are in the process of investigating. The driver's name has not been released.
Hancock said he went to the Hanover Magistrate Friday morning, where a warrant was issued for the driver on charges related to reckless driving and brandishing a handgun.
“This individual is definitely a danger to the community,” Hancock said. None of the cyclists were injured during Wednesday's incident.