December 31, 2012

Man arrested for gun threats in road rage incident

Big Pine Key – A 42 year old South Carolina man was arrested Friday, charged with pulling a gun during a road rage incident that took place Christmas Eve on Big Pine Key.

Deputies responded to Key Deer Boulevard December 24th at 10 a.m. When he arrived, the two vehicles – a black Dodge Challenger and a white BMW convertible - and two couples involved were still on the scene.

The victims live on Allamanda Lane on Big Pine Key. The suspect and his wife are from Bonneau, South Carolina. They were staying at a home on Narcissus Avenue on Big Pine Key.

Stories varied when everyone was interviewed, however the two vehicles were on Watson Boulevard and turned onto Key Deer Boulevard when the incident took place. The victim, who drives the Challenger, said the suspect, Travis Wolfe, was driving slowly in his BMW; he said he tried to pass but Wolfe wouldn’t let him pass. At some point, when they were in the vicinity of Walgreen’s, the two driver’s began yelling at each other.  During the confrontation, Wolfe showed the victim a handgun.

The two vehicles continued down the road, turning into the United Methodist Parking lot. Both couples called 911 to report the incident and deputies responded.

Wolfe admitted to showing the handgun to the other man during the confrontation. He said he did it because he was afraid and felt threatened.

Two handguns were recovered from the car driven by Wolfe; one – a Ruger .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun - belonged to Wolfe and was in the glove compartment; the other -  a five shot Smith and Wesson revolver - belonged to his wife and was found beneath a pile of towels on the rear floorboards.

A warrant was obtained for Wolfe’s arrest and he was booked into jail on Friday on charges of improper exhibition of a firearm.

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