Police see uptick in frustrated rush-hour motorists waving gun - KCTV5

Police report uptick in frustrated rush-hour motorists waving guns

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Rush-hour traffic inevitably leads routinely to rude motorists, but Overland Park police are concerned after seeing an increase in motorists waving guns when they are frustrated.

Overland Park police have reported three road rage incidents involving weapons this week.

"Usually during the course of the year, we get a couple of them that involve a weapon, but given we've had three in a week, that's serious," said Overland Park Police Department spokesman Gary Mason.

Jess Worton was charged this week with aggravated assault. He is accused of firing at a car at 79th Street and Metcalf Avenue during the morning rush hour last week. A car not involved in the altercation was struck by a bullet.

Two days after Worton allegedly fired a weapon, a woman called police to report a passenger in another vehicle had pointed a gun at her.

On Saturday, a woman said a driver pointed a weapon at her while she was traveling near Interstate 435 and Metcalf. The woman had small children in the vehicle with her. Chad Schaffer has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with that incident.

Overland Park police are advising motorists to use caution and courtesy.

"It's scary. You never know what's going to happen, and so if you engage with these people, there's a good chance something bad is going to come from it," Mason said.

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