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CT Road-Rage Incident Leads To Shot Fired, Police Say

Drew Newman and Brandon Bottom
Drew Newman and Brandon Bottom Photo Credit: West Hartford Police Department

Two out-of-state men were arrested following an alleged road-rage incident on I-84 in which a shot was fired.

The incident took place on Monday, March 15, when West Hartford Police were requested by Connecticut State Police to the area of I-84 East by exit 48 regarding a road rage incident, said Lt. Aaron Vafiades.

The incident was originally reported to Connecticut State Police via 911.

The investigation revealed the victim and suspects were involved in a road rage incident prior to coming to a stop in the area of 1445 New Britain Ave., where an altercation ensued, Vafiades said.

During the altercation, a single gunshot was fired from the suspect's vehicle. The vehicles then entered I-84 east where the 911 call was placed, he added.

Troopers located the vehicle and it was stopped. 

No injuries occurred as a result of the gunshot.

Police arrested Brandon Bottom, 34, of Ozark, Arkansas. He was charged with:

  • Unlawful discharge of a firearm 
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Discharge of a firearm from the public highway
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Carrying a dangerous weapon with a high capacity magazine
  • Carrying a pistol without a permit
  • Carrying a firearm under the influence 

He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Also arrested was Drew Newman, 26, of Lakeland, Florida.

He was charged with:

  • Reckless driving
  • A weapon in a motor vehicle
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Breach of peace 

Carrying a dangerous weapon with a high-capacity magazine

He is being held on a $250,000 bond. 

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