Police: Unidentified Man Points Gun at Another Driver

A bearded man in his 40s followed an Odyssey Fun World employee along Harlem Avenue on Friday before brandishing a firearm while the two were driving side by side, a Tinley Park Police report states.

An unidentified man pointed a gun at another driver Friday, Oct. 19, while the two were traveling northbound in the 17500 block of South Harlem Avenue, according to a Tinley Park Police report.

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After leaving work around 10:30 p.m., an employee of Odyssey Fun World told police he noticed a blue Chevrolet Colorado truck behind him at the stoplight of 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue, the report stated. When the two vehicles entered the 17500 block of South Harlem Avenue, the truck started tailgating the man's car, pulling up next to it, the report continued.

That's when the truck's driver gave the middle figure to the victim, who then returned the gesture, the report stated.

The driver of the truck then smiled and pointed a "silver handgun" at the car's driver, who slammed on his brakes and tried to elude the truck, the report stated. The truck slowed down, however, and the victim sped up to flee from it, the report continued. The victim told police he saw the truck turn eastbound on 163rd Street, and the last known direction he saw the vehicle go was northbound on Centennial Drive, the report stated.

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Police searched the area around Centennial Drive but didn't find anything.

The victim described the truck's driver as a white man in his 40s, with a long gray beard and short brown hair, the report stated. The truck had a Chicago Bears sticker and stripes on the tailgate, the victim told police.

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SouthSide October 23, 2012 at 09:11 PM
And we need more guns and fewer gun regulations... Whatever, gun nuts.
Bob Laird October 24, 2012 at 04:30 AM
not real clever. had the person getting the gun pointed at been an off duty, or plain clothes officer the goof would have been shot AND arrested. real bad day.


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