Driver pulls gun in St. Charles road rage incident

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 10:05 PM

ST. CHARLES, Mo (KMOV.com) -- It started at the intersection of West Clay and First Capitol Drive, near the Lindenwood campus.

Two drivers were yelling at each other, but police say Gregory Shurtz took the argument to the next level.

Authorities say the 47-year-old Shurtz pulled out a handgun while behind the wheel and pointed at the driver he was arguing with.

Christopher Swift, the man who witnessed the arrest, says it’s unsettling to see just how dangerous disagreements on the road can be.

“You can never tell what the other person is thinking or what they have,” he said.

Swift watched as officers forced Shurtz to pull over then surrender with his hands up.

“They all got out, and were behind door with guns drawn,” he said.

Swift says Shurtz didn’t resist the arrest, but he’s now in the county jail with a $25,000 cash-only bond.

If he posts bond, Shurtz will still have to turn in all his guns to police before he gets out. After witnessing the arrest, Swift says he’s glad someone like Shurtz won’t have a firearm any long.

 “You can’t do that,” he said. “And someone who would do that doesn’t deserve to own a gun.”

 

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