San Marino, CA — As the Free Thought Project reports—on a regular basis—police officers are caught in fits of road rage all the time. While road rage is an unfortunate reality in America, when a police officer is involved, the situation becomes far more dangerous as they have authority, and they have a gun. All too often police officers will be caught road raging on innocent citizens and it is the citizen who suffers. However, the following instance is one we have never seen. Two cops began a fit of road rage with each other and it ended with one of the cops in the hospital with a gunshot wound.
According to authorities, the incident began Sunday morning just after 8:30 a.m., when an off-duty L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a Subaru allegedly driving recklessly through a neighborhood. The off-duty cop then gave chase in his Mercedes Benz, according to San Marino police, to tell the driver of the Subaru to slow down.
“The deputy indicated that he wanted to stop the driver and tell him not to speed in the neighborhood,” the agency said.
Behind the wheel of the Subaru, however, was another cop, an off-duty officer with the Alhambra police department. When the two cops confronted each other, all hell broke loose.
When the officer saw the deputy driving erratically behind him to catch up with him, he then went into the same seemingly road raging mindset as the deputy.
As KTLA reports:
The deputy then pulled alongside the other vehicle and motioned for the driver to pull down his window, officials said. He did not know that the other motorist was an off-duty Alhambra police officer, according to investigators.
The police officer, also using his personal vehicle, slowed down and moved to the right to let the off-duty deputy pass, authorities said.
The deputy was traveling at high speeds, and this was perceived by the police officer as “aggressive,” according to the San Marino Police Department.
When the two vehicles finally stopped, that’s when the guns came out. As the deputy approached the police officer’s Subaru, he demanded the off-duty Alhambra police officer roll down his window. This caused the officer to fear for his life and pull out his gun.
When the Alhambra police officer pulled his gun, he accidentally pulled the trigger and shot himself in the torso. The officer was then rushed to a nearby hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
After the incident, police released the following statement:
“The driver of a blue Subaru was allegedly driving erratically in the area,” the statement said. “The second driver, in a dark colored Mercedes, pulled alongside the driver of the blue Subaru and attempted to contact the driver.”
“The driver of the Mercedes motioned for the driver of the Subaru to roll down his window,” according to San Marino Police Department Sgt. Rob Cervantes. “At some point during the contact, it is believed that the driver [of] the Subaru suffered a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to their torso.”
Investigators initially described the interaction between the two men as a “road rage incident,” but after it was discovered that they were both cops, San Marino police later said that was not the case.
Despite the department claiming it was not road rage, it appears that this is exactly what it was. Drivers don’t typically chase each other down or pull guns out during fits of “road kindness.”
In typical blue privilege fashion, neither the deputy nor the officer has been arrested or charged with a crime despite reportedly admitting to breaking multiple traffic laws and firing off a round in a residential neighborhood.
Failing to hold road raging cops accountable appears to be a function of the system. Just last month we reported on the case of Pittsburgh police officer Robert Kramer of Crafton Heights who was charged with assault in 2017 after he held a gun to a man’s head in a road rage incident, and lied about it to investigators. Kramer was subsequently fired from his job after the incident.
However, because this system is so corrupt and designed to protect violent and dishonest law enforcement officers, Kramer not only beat the charges, but last month, he beat the firing and was given back pay.