Road Rage: OKC truck driver accused of opening fire on another driver behind the wheel

Benny Newcomb
Courtesy: Oklahoma County Jail

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City truck driver is accused of losing his cool behind the wheel.

The trucker allegedly opened fire on another driver.

The suspect told police the victim had cut him off while driving down I-44.

The good news is the victim didn't get hit by the gunfire.

"I looked over and he was pointing a gun at me," said the victim Gene Paris. "I step on my brake and my window explodes."

Gene is shocked the man accused of pulling the trigger is 55-year-old fellow trucker Benny Newcomb.

"I just couldn't believe another professional driver would shoot at me," said Paris. "It's amazing to me."

With the logo of the suspect's employer, Western Flyer, on the side of the semi, it proved easy to track him down.

"They called the truck company and were able to tell officers where the truck was using GPS," said Oklahoma City police MSgt. Gary Knight.

Police were led to a gas station on Reno where Newcomb had stopped for a bite to eat after the shooting.

Officers found the 9mm handgun still in his cab.

Police say while road rage incidents do happen on the highways from time to time, they rarely escalate to violence.

"You're going to have incidents where people become angry, but at no point should it rise to gunfire," said Knight.

For his part, Gene thinks Newcomb needs to stay off the roads and find a new line of work.

"If traffic gets you that stressed, why would you want to even drive? Seriously," said Paris.

The suspect is being held on two criminal charges:

  • Shooting with intent to kill
  • Discharging a firearm from a vehicle.

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