Newly uncovered dashcam footage from a Florida street rage incident shows a man firing a handgun many situations, shattering his individual side window and windshield as he drives. The driver, 30-12 months-previous Eric Popper, is awaiting demo on two felony prices, like aggressive assault with a firearm. If convicted, it could consequence in a sentence of up to 15 yrs in prison.
The incident took position on I-95 southbound in Miami back again in June, but recently Popper’s possess dashcam footage was acquired by athletics radio host Andy Slater and unveiled on January 28.
SLATER SCOOP: Exclusive online video of highway-rage shooting in Miami from in-vehicle camera.
The shooter noticed below was arrested and is awaiting demo. He told cops the other driver fired to start with.
(Warning: Language and gunfire) pic.twitter.com/10vDVEwBbw
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater)
January 28, 2022
In it, Popper is revealed casually singing along to audio as he drives his Toyota Venza Hybrid. Something catches his awareness in the remaining lane, prompting him to switch to his left lane where by he allegedly minimize off a dim-coloured Camry. The Camry driver honks, to which Popper replies, “Oh, fuck off.” Popper also appears to brake-look at the Camry when searching in his rear view mirror, bracing himself on the wheel as contents of his car slide forward.
He then watches in his mirror as, according to police studies, the Camry driver produced gestures (we are guessing they were not friendly “hi there” hand waves) towards Popper. Seconds later, Popper opens the centre console of his Venza, unlocks his firearm’s lock box, and pulls out a tiny handgun.
As the Camry passes, Popper raises his weapon and life up to his surname, firing 11 instances by means of his personal passenger side window and windscreen. He even would seem to surprise himself, shrinking into his seat as he shoots. Or, perhaps, he was spooked by glass breaking alongside with the (exceptionally loud) sound of gunfire in a confined space.
Popper statements that the Camry driver had a weapon and fired at him 1st. In the video clip, you can listen to a bang in opposition to his Venza as the Camry passes. In interviews with Miami’s NBC6 and Los Angeles’ ABC7, Popper’s attorney thinks that the appears proves Popper was shot at very first, and that the video clip proves his client was acting in self-protection.
Equally motorists pulled around following the incident and known as 911 to report the Toyota-on-Toyota altercation. An additional clip of the dashcam online video reveals Popper calling 911 from his stopped car expressing that he was shot at and returned fire. The Camry driver instructed police that he experienced simply thrown a water bottle at Popper’s vehicle and that he did not have a firearm with him. Fortunately, both equally drivers, together with all people else sharing the road that working day, escaped unharmed.
Popper, an inspector with the Miami Seaside Fire Division, resigned his work on July 21 and turned himself in to the authorities. He was launched on bond and has a hearing set for April.