Man allegedly fires handgun during road rage incident

EVANS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Vermont man was arrested on Sunday after allegedly firing a handgun during a road rage incident on I-90 in Evans.

State Police say a 60-year-old man from Brantford, Ontario was driving down the thruway when the driver of a Ford F-150 pulling a U-Haul trailer cut him off. Troopers say the exchange quickly escalated with aggressive driving and hand signals.

The Canadian man admitted to officers he had thrown a can of soda pop at the truck and sped off. Shortly after, the man said he heard gunshots and looked in the rear view mirror to see a black handgun sticking out the window of the truck with smoke rising from the barrel.

Troopers quickly arrived on scene and stopped the truck at the Lackawanna toll barrier. Investigators determined the passenger, 36-year-old James Henderson II, had fired shots into the air during the exchange. Troopers say besides the loaded handgun, they also found brass knuckles in the truck.

Henderson was arrested and charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, third degree criminal possession of a weapon, first degree reckless endangerment, second degree menacing and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon.

After being arraigned, he was taken to the Erie County Jail on $50,000 bail.

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