Road rage leads to Marion Co. shooting
MARION COUNTY, TN (WRBC-TV)-- Road rage may have led to a shooting on I-24 in Marion County Thursday night. The shooting reportedly started around mile marker 166, and ended when the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Marion County officers stopped both vehicles on Exit 155. One man was taken into custody.
It all unfolded just after 9:30 p.m. Thursday in an scene Tennessee Highway Patrol says quickly escalated to an extremely violent level. Officers and drivers Channel 3 talked to say it's a scary wake up call of how dangerous road rage can be.
Horns, waiving arms and unfriendly remarks are things we see everyday on the road.
"People are aggressive, cut people off, tail gating and things like that and it does cause incidents like this," Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnett said.
Sheriff Burnett says most road rage cases they handle are verbal threats, but it got much more out of hand Thursday night when dispatch got a call saying one driver was shooting at another around on I-24 West just past the I-59 split.
"Not very common to have what we had-- extreme violence," Sheriff Burnett said.
Several miles after that report came in, we're told both pick up trucks got off the interstate at Exit 155 and that's when officers from several different agencies were able to stop both vehicles and put and end to it.
That's when they found a gun and a spent shell casing in 61-year-old Michael J. Sodom's truck. The driver of the other car was not hit with the bullet. We're not told what may have sparked Odom's anger but now he's facing a slew of charges.
"I'm sure he's thinking 'I wish I hadn't done this.' I'm hoping he's thinking that," Sheriff Burnett said.
It's a danger for everyone involved including officers and other cars on the road.
"It's scary and I'm not surprised. There's a lot of cars out there and there's a lot of people that are having hard times and they get in their cars and take it out on the road," driver Nancy White said.
"That would be scary for somebody to actually go through with what they feel on the road. That's frustration," driver Kim Taylor said.
Officers are sending out the warning to all drivers to control your anger.
Tennessee Highway Patrol tells Channel 3 Odom is charged with four felony counts of aggravated assault and one count of carrying a deadly weapon with intent to go armed. He's in the Marion County Jail. His bond has not been set yet.