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Tue, Dec. 10

Driver allegedly fired gun at vehicle in road rage incident



Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Tuesday in Cornville after witnesses said he fired his gun at their vehicle during a traffic incident.

A deputy booked Matthew Troy Jones, 42, of Rimrock into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges including two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of endangerment, reckless driving, DUI over .08, and DUI in the slightest degree.

Jones was released on bond pending his next court appearance, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

At 11:30 p.m., deputies answered a call about a road rage incident in which a driver shot at another truck on Cornville Road.

The driver and passenger in the truck told deputies that a silver Ford truck with decals on the side tailgated them, flashed its high beams, and drove recklessly. The driver slowed so it could pass, but it kept following and driving recklessly, D'Evelyn said.

The passenger then saw a gun muzzle flash and both the passenger and driver heard a gunshot, D'Evelyn said.

The passenger and driver told deputies the gunshot appeared directed at their truck and came from the driver's side window of the Ford truck, D'Evelyn said.

No one was hit and the silver Ford truck then pulled to the side of the road, while the victims drove to a gas station and called 911, D'Evelyn said.

Deputies stopped the suspect's vehicle in Rimrock and spoke to the driver, identified as Jones.

Jones initially denied any involvement, but later told the deputies that when the other truck wouldn't let him pass, he waved his .45 caliber handgun at them, but Jones said he did not shoot, D'Evelyn said.

During the investigation, deputies determined Jones was impaired, D' Evelyn said.

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