(Livingston Daily Press & Argus) - A 43-year-old Howell man who was shot dead in what police believe was a road rage incident was reportedly on his way with his wife to pick up their children from the first day of school when the shooting occurred Tuesday afternoon.
Police said the driver of the other vehicle, a 69-year-old Howell man, remained jailed this morning. It wasn't known what, if any, criminal charges will be filed.
"No reports have been received yet. A decision will only be made after we have received and reviewed the complete reports of the investigation," Livingston County Prosecutor William Vailliencourt said today.
Sheriff Bob Bezotte said the elderly man did not make a statement to police, instead asking for a lawyer.
Undersheriff Michael Murphy said preliminary investigation indicates both men were eastbound on Grand River Avenue, east of Howell, at about 3:35 p.m. when the older man, who was driving a 2012 Dodge pickup, passed the younger man's 2014 Ford Escape Titanium. He said both vehicles stopped at the traffic light at Chilson Road and the younger man got out of his SUV and approached the older man's pickup.
"According to witnesses, there appeared to be a little bit of a road-rage incident," he said.
How many shots were fired and what started the alleged road rage incident were not immediately released. However, authorities said the younger man appeared to be "upset" or "angry."
Authorities said it is believed there was no physical contact between the men but words were exchanged.
Murphy declined to identify either man by name, citing the ongoing investigation. He also declined to say whether the elderly man has a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon or if he owned the weapon.
The younger man's wife was a passenger in the Escape, and while she escaped physical harm, Murphy said the woman is understandably devastated.
Witnesses in the area who asked not to be identified said they heard shouting, a gunshot and a woman's anguished cry.
Murphy asked that anyone who witnessed the alleged road rage or the shooting to call the Sheriff's Department at 517-546-2440.