COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Lunch hour traffic along U.S. 12 in downtown Coldwater near the main 4 corners was disrupted Friday afternoon after authorities were called to check out a report of a female motorist pointing a gun at a man in another car. Coldwater City Police say a 48-year-old woman from Allen admitted that she showed her handgun to the other motorist because his aggressive driving scared her. She complained he was tailgating her, and then pulled alongside and screamed something at her. The other driver, a 26-year-old Coldwater resident, told police that they were both speeding through town when the woman slammed on her brakes, causing him to change lanes. He claimed the woman pointed the gun at him as he pulled alongside her car.
Police say the woman was issued a concealed pistol license in February of this year in Hillsdale County. No names have been released. Joe Scheid, Coldwater’s Deputy Director of Public Safety, said the incident showed how quickly things can escalate from aggressive driving. According to Scheid, it was a case of tailgating getting out of hand that could have had tragic consequences. Police confiscated the gun as evidence while referring the case to the Branch County Prosecutor's Office for review.
Branch County Sheriff's Deputies and Michigan State Police troopers assisted at the scene.