An apparent road rage incident just after midnight Friday resulted in shots fired out of one vehicle to ward off another trying to ram it off a city roadway, police said.
David Ferguson, city communications coordinator, said New Braunfels police responded after calls of shots being fired in the 1300 block of Industrial Drive at 12:17 a.m. Friday.
“There were shots fired into the ground, but no buildings were hit and no one was injured,” Ferguson said. “A red Jeep was being followed by a black Dodge Ram,” he said. “Parties from both vehicles and others not involved called 9-1-1 after hearing the shots.”
Ferguson said police units were called to investigate that scene while other units tracked down both vehicles off Loop 337. He said both vehicles tussled while driven from Main Plaza, Union Avenue, and East Common Street before winding up on Industrial Drive.
“Officers were able to ascertain that the Ram truck pulled in front of the Jeep in an aggressive manner, causing the Jeep to collide into the Ram,” Ferguson said. “The Jeep tried to escape but was followed, where the Ram collided with the Jeep multiple times.”
Ferguson said one of three passengers in the Jeep, a 40-year-old man from Seguin, was sitting behind the driver and fired three shots as the Jeep kept trying to keep the Ram from bumping it as both vehicles exited Industrial Drive and headed east on Loop 337.
“The truck wound up too damaged to keep going and it pulled into the Oakwood Church parking lot,” Ferguson said. “Officers nearby spotted the Jeep, which wasn’t damaged enough to prevent it from driving and was pulled over at the Stone Crossing Drive intersection.”
From start to finish, police investigated for about three hours, Ferguson said. In the end, no one was charged with a crime, though Ferguson said charges could be pending.
Included were the driver of the Jeep, a 26-year-old woman from New Braunfels, and a 23-year -old man from Guadalupe County who was sitting up front. The driver of the Ram truck, a 53-year-old man from McQueeney, was alone.
All were uninjured, Ferguson said.
“No one was injured and there was no bullet damage to the vehicles,” Ferguson said. “Investigating officers picked up shell casings and other evidence and the incident remains under investigation.”
Police shut down indoor and outdoor access to businesses operating around Industrial Drive as they investigated several areas.
“NBPD is investigating to determine if additional charges need to be filed,” he said. “But whenever shots are fired, it’s standard protocol for us to ask those coming out of their businesses and homes to go back inside as a precaution,” Ferguson said. “We ask them to remain there until the scene is secured.”