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Mother and son say gun pulled on them after traffic dispute

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

A 77-year-old Spotsylvania County man is accused of pointing a gun at a car stopped at a Fredericksburg intersection Tuesday after one of the car’s occupants gave the man a finger gesture, police said.

Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the incident began about 9:50 a.m. at Fall Hill Avenue and Gordon Shelton Boulevard near Wegman’s grocery store in the city.

A 52-year-old Spotsylvania woman and her 21-year-old son reported that they were stopped at the traffic light when the driver of Kia behind them honked his horn.

The victims apparently were not turning right on red fast enough for the Kia driver, police said.

The son, who was a passenger in the other car, responded with a raised middle finger, police reported. The Kia driver turned right onto Fall Hill behind the victims and, as they approached the light at Carl D. Silver Parkway, the Kia pulled up beside them.

The Kia driver pointed the handgun in its holster at them while making threatening comments, Bledsoe said.

The victims got the license plate numbers from the Kia and called 911 as both vehicles headed into Spotsylvania.

A Spotsylvania deputy found the Kia at the Spotsylvania Crossing Shopping Center and detained the driver until a city officer arrived, Bledsoe said. A handgun similar to the one described by the victims was recovered from the suspect’s car and taken into evidence.

Kenneth Chaffin was charged with brandishing a firearm, a misdemeanor. He was released by a magistrate on a $1,500 bond.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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