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Police: Man arrested after shooting gun during road rage incident

Rodriguez Long
Cole County Sheriff's Office
Rodriguez Long


A Jefferson City man faces a pair of felony charges after police say he shot a gun during a road rage incident Monday night.

Rodriguez Long Jr., 23, is charged with shooting at someone from a vehicle and armed criminal action.

Witnesses said they were traveling eastbound on Highway 54 when they allegedly cut off Long's vehicle by accident. Long allegedly started tailgating their vehicle and then witnesses hear three or four loud pops they described as gunshots, according to a probable cause statement.

Long allegedly told Jefferson City police that the truck "tried to run him off the road," according to the probable cause statement. He claimed that due to fear for his safety, he shot a round into the air. Long didn't call police because he was on the phone with his girlfriend and everything happened so quickly.

Long's plan was to shoot into the air, follow the other vehicle and fight the driver, according to the probable cause statement.,

He is being held without bond at the Cole County Jail. He had an arraignment hearing Thursday. A bond review hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Cole County Circuit Court. A preliminary hearing is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

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