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Road Rage Incident Involving Driver, Motorcyclists on Connecticut Highway Leads to Gunfire, Roadside Fight, Officials Say

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Source: Connecticut State Police

Tavon Douglas; John Whitley

Jun. 18 2023, Published 9:59 a.m. ET

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A road rage incident between a driver and motorcyclists ended with gunfire and a physical fight on the side of a Connecticut highway, according to authorities.

On June 13, troopers responded to a report regarding an active assault on Route 15 in Greenwich, according to the Connecticut State Police.

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Officials said they arrested 30-year-old Tavon Marquisgrant Douglas, 35-year-old John Louis Whitley and 43-year-old Marvin Harris in connection with the incident.

Harris was identified as the 911 caller. He claimed he was attacked by a group of motorcyclists and that a firearm was shown, authorities said.

Once at the scene, troopers learned that Harris, Douglas, Whitley and a fourth man were all involved in a road rage incident. Harris allegedly brake checked the motorcyclists and didn’t let them pass.

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State police said the incident escalated quickly, as Douglas displayed a firearm and discharged “one round into the rear of Harris’s vehicle.” After the shots allegedly were fired, police said “all parties pulled into the right shoulder and engaged in a violent physical altercation.”

Whitley and the unknown man fled the scene on motorcycles before troopers arrived, officials said. A “be on the lookout” bulletin was issued and Whitley was found by state police further up the highway.

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When talking with police, Whitley said he “shoved and struck Harris, then mounted Douglas’s motorcycle and fled from the scene,” according to authorities. Whitley was arrested during the traffic stop.

Douglas and Harris were brought to local hospitals for minor injuries. State police said they found a gun registered to Douglas at the scene.

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After being released from the hospital, Douglas was arrested and charged with reckless driving, negligent pedestrian, illegal discharge of a firearm, second-degree breach of peace, first-degree assault, second-degree assault with a firearm, second-degree threatening and first-degree reckless endangerment. His bond was set at $150,000, authorities said.

Whitley was charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle, theft of plates, failure to insure a private motor vehicle, second-degree breach of peace and third-degree assault. Authorities said his bond was set at $2,500.

Harris was charged with reckless driving and second-degree breach of peace, police said. His bond was set at $1,000.

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