On April 10, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Bogalusa resident alleging that she and the passengers in her car were the victims of a road rage incident in which a shotgun was fired.
The victim reported she and her passengers were traveling south on Highway 21 and next to a pickup truck pulling a boat. At the intersection of Highway 21 and South Columbia Street, one of the truck occupants pointed a shotgun at the victim’s car. The truck then stopped at the intersection of White Williams Road when one of the occupants exited the truck and fired the shotgun two times in the direction of the fleeing victim’s automobile. The victim continued to her place of employment and called the Sheriff’s Office to give a description of the incident, the vehicle and the occupants. No one was injured by the gunfire.
Patrol deputies responded to the scene and were able to locate the truck and the occupants. Patrick Shane Graves, 37, a resident of Harold Mitchell Road, admitted to firing the shotgun. He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault With A Firearm. He remains in the Washington Parish Jail with no bond.
The driver of the truck, Toby G. Cooper, 36, a resident of Dillon Road, was arrested on an outstanding attachment. He made bond and was released from jail on April 11.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Road rage is a prime example of allowing emotions to over-ride common sense. There is no excuse for discharging a weapon in the direction of others in a situation such as this. Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident. The victims went home and the aggressors went to jail. I encourage all persons to curb their emotions when driving or riding in a vehicle. A vehicle can be a dangerous weapon, especially when driven or occupied by an armed person whose actions are being dictated by anger or any other negative emotion. I congratulate Deputies Bond and Scroggs, along with Lt. Tom Anderson, for resolving this matter so quickly. I am grateful no one was injured.”