- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana man is accused of chasing down a Mississippi driver who hit his pickup truck, then shooting out a tire on the other man’s vehicle, Louisiana State Police said.

John Reed II, 24, of Mandeville, Louisiana, was arrested Friday night on aggravated assault and other charges, and 45-year-old John Elarton of Magnolia, Mississippi, was ticketed for running a red light, Trooper Dustin Dwight said in a news release. He said troopers found seven spent shell casings at the site.

Reed, who also was booked with aggravated criminal damage to property and illegal use of a weapon, did not return a call for comment Sunday.

He is free on $30,750 bond, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Landry said Sunday.

Dwayne said Reed had the green light when he began turning left from Louisiana Highway 59 to Interstate 12 in Mandeville. Elarton drove through a red light and his Chevrolet Silverado hit the right rear of Reed’s Dodge pickup, Dwight wrote in a news release.

Dwight said Reed followed Elarton down Highway 59 and soon caught up, getting out of his truck to talk to Elarton.

“The two drivers exchanged words” and Elarton drove off again, he said. Dwight said that was when Reed fired a .45-caliber handgun several times at the back of Elarton’s pickup truck.

Dwight says Reed then reported the crash, telling dispatchers that he was following the other vehicle, which had a flat tire.

He said troopers stopped both vehicles.

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