Commonwealth Journal

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August 3, 2013

Driver shot in road rage incident; in critical condition

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Somerset —

The investigation is ongoing by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and further details will be released as they become available. Any witnesses to the incident or events leading up to the shooting are encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 606-678-5145 and share their information.
With recent headline-making incidents like the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida following an altercation with George Zimmerman — in which a national debate broiled over issues such as whether or not Zimmerman acted as the aggressor or in self-defense, and whether he was in the wrong for not letting law enforcement handle the situation — some aspects of Thursday’s shooting are worth a stern reminder about the importance of doing the right thing on the road.
Wood noted that there was “issues” McAninch felt occurred prior to stopping the vehicles, and a “specific event that concerned him enough to where he felt he needed to address it the way he did.”
However, the sheriff added, “society in general has a great problem” with people taking the law into their own hands.
“The proper thing to do is to call 911 if someone is operating a vehicle in such a way that it causes immediate risk,” said Wood. “Take down the tag on the vehicle if you feel there was a specific act toward you and pursue criminal charges. There was a law enforcement officer within a short distance of this that could have responded immediately if (McAninch) had called 911.
“But what we cannot have happen at any point in time is for people to want to take the law into their own hands with a firearm strapped to their person and go into the middle of an intersection to confront a driver over an issue,” he added. “It can never come to that.”

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