A McCreary County man remains in critical condition after being shot as a result of an apparent road rage incident at a busy local intersection, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Todd Wood said that Luster L. Rose, 54, of Vanover Ridge Road, Parkers Lake, Ky., was in critical but stable condition at the University of Kentucky Medical Center as of Friday afternoon.
Rose was allegedly shot Thursday night by Troy A. McAninch, 23, Neals Creek School Road, Stanford, Ky., following a harrowing incident on the Ky. 914 bypass.
“It’s rather uncommon, certainly for our area,” said Wood of on-road episodes that turn violent. “We get the occasional call of possible road rage, but rarely does it escalate to this point.”
The Pulaski County 911 Center received a call of a shooting that occurred at the intersection of the Ky. 914 bypass and Ky. 1247 just south of Somerset just before 8 p.m. Thursday.
According to the sheriff’s department, Ferguson Police Officer Gary Pence was the first to arrive on the scene and found the suspect had already disarmed himself. McAninch was taken into custody immediately without further incident.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division determined that Rose had been traveling westbound on Ky. 914 in a 2013 International semi-truck. As he approached the intersection of Jordans Way, a purple 1995 Nissan Pickup pulled out into traffic in front of him. The Nissan was driven by McAninch’s wife, Samantha McAninch.
Statements given by Samantha McAninch and Troy McAninch suggested the semi-truck driven by Rose was tailgating them and later passed them on Ky. 914. The way Rose was allegedly driving apparently infuriated Troy McAninch, who decided to confront Rose, according to the sheriff’s department.
As the two vehicles stopped at the red light at the intersection with Ky. 1247, McAninch got out of the passenger side of his vehicle and walked to the passenger side door of the semi, according to the sheriff’s department, which said that McAninch reportedly climbed up on the passenger side of the semi and began yelling obscenities at the truck driver. Rose then allegedly responded by getting out of the semi with a wooden club to confront McAninch.