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Man shoots at car that "wouldn't get out of his way" on Black Friday

6:55 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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A Clinton man says he fired a gun at a woman's car because she was in his way as he rushed to shop on Black Friday.

Jerry Leon Poe, 62, is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving.

According to the arrest warrant, Poe told a deputy that he was at the Walmart in Clinton trying to get a stereo for his grandson.  He said he'd waited in line for five hours, but they sold out before he could get one.  Poe said he decided to go to the Oak Ridge Walmart before they sold out of the stereos.

As he was driving on Oak Ridge Highway between the Clinton and Oak Ridge city limits, Poe admitted to firing a gun at a woman's car who "wouldn't get out of my way."

The woman's husband was in another vehicle and witnessed the incident.  He said that Poe was "driving erratically" and almost struck his wife's vehicle.  He said that when she pulled into the other lane to let Poe pass, he followed her, "tailgating her," so she switched lanes again.  That's when her husband claims Poe "stuck a gun out the driver's window and fired a shot at her vehicle."

Poe admitted he fired the gun, saying "She wouldn't move out of my way, so I got mad and shot out of my window to scare her into moving."

He also told the deputy that he didn't know what had come over him and he knew what he did was wrong.

Poe does have a permit to carry a gun.  He is being held in the Anderson County jail with no bond.

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