Traverse City News and Events

Man Pulls Gun After Car Bumped In Gas Station Lot

By Beth Milligan | Nov. 24, 2019

A 36-year-old Traverse City man has been arrested after pulling a gun on a driver who bumped into his car in a gas station parking lot.

Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the Speedway gas station on US-31 South near South Airport Road Friday just after 5pm on a report of a man waving a gun in the area. Deputies responded, located the man, and secured the area. An investigation determined that the man, a 36-year-old Traverse City resident, was at the gas station with his girlfriend when a Jeep backed up and bumped into his vehicle. The driver of the Jeep drove toward the south end of the parking lot, causing the man to believe the driver was attempting to leave the scene. The man, who at the time of this incident possessed a concealed pistol license, pulled a semi-auto pistol and ran after the Jeep, yelled at the driver, and pounded on the passenger side window with his hand.

The Jeep driver, a 46-year-old Lake City man, left and drove to another parking lot to call 911 to report the man. Neither vehicle sustained reportable damage.

The gun owner was arrested for felonious assault and lodged in the Grand Traverse County Jail. "The Prosecutor’s Office will review the report and authorize appropriate charges and concealed pistol license sanctions," according to the Sheriff's Office. The man’s pistol and ammunition were seized and secured at the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office evidence room.

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