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August 3, 2013

Driver shot in road rage incident; in critical condition

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An altercation then took place in the roadway at the intersection. As the situation escalated, McAninch produced a handgun and fired four times at Rose, according to the sheriff’s department.
Detectives recovered a Glock Model 17 9mm handgun from the scene. Wood said that McAninch did not have a concealed-carry license but that he wasn’t trying to conceal the firearm anyway, rather keeping it in a paddle back holster similar to what law enforcement officers carry.
When asked if McAninch’s actions were taken in self-defense, given that Rose was allegedly wielding a club, Wood noted that the case was still an ongoing investigation, but that certain facts about it were “very evident” to authorities.
“The defendant in this case took it upon himself to get out of the vehicle, out of the passenger side, walk up and around to the front (of the truck) with a gun strapped to his side and verbally challenge or confront the driver of the semi,” said Wood. “... The truck driver is sitting in his truck at the stoplight when he sees in his mirror or hears someone approaching him with a gun in a holster in an upset way. The natural response for any individual would be to go into some kind of protective mode.”
Wood said that McAninch was “cooperative” with law enforcement at the scene, and that his “demeanor was very much regretful” there and during his interview while in custody.
Ky. 914 was blocked for around two hours while investigators worked to collect evidence and clear the roadway.
Alongside the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, the Burnside Police Department and the Kentucky State Police assisted at the scene and were able to secure the area while EMS personnel treated the victim before he was flown by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

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