Tennessee Road Rage: Man Charged With Attempted Murder

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 08:44 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A Tennessee road rage incident has left one motorcyclist shot and another man charged with two counts of attempted murder.

The case occurred in East Knox County Monday afternoon when Rodney Lee Scott, driving a Saturn SUV, cut off two motorcycles as they exited I-640, Knox County Sheriff's Office told WBIR.com.

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The two motorcyclists proceeded to follow Scott, who investigators say stopped his vehicle and backed it up. In the process, he knocked one of the motorcycles over.

Witness Joseph Jackson was then waived down by the motorcyclists, who asked him to take down Scott's license plate and follow the enraged driver with them in his car. Jackson agreed.

"It was two motorcycles that pulled up beside me and asked me to call the law and said they'd been hit during a hit and run," Jackson told ABC 6 WATE.com.

The three individuals followed Scott to his home where he reportedly greeted them with a shotgun. According to neighbors, Scott, who was white, shouted racial slurs at motorcyclist J. R. Trisler, who is black, from his garage before the shooting began.

According to the sheriff's department, the other motorcyclist, Tyler Lakin, was shot three times in the back and once in the wrist by Scott. Lakin was subsequently taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon, the Associated Press reported.

No one else was injured in the assault.

As of late Tuesday, Scott was charged with attempted murder and leaving the scene of an accident, pending the outcome of blood-alcohol tests, the AP reported. He is currently being held on a $1 million bond.

According to police records, Monday's confrontation involving Scott took place on the same street where he had been charged in 2002 for stopping a car and assaulting a passenger, the AP noted.

In the 2002 case, Scott reportedly approached the victim – a woman and her children, yelling and screaming at the family before eventually grabbing a minor who had stepped out of the vehicle, WATE.com reported.

No one was apparently injured in that altercation.

The 2002 charges were reportedly dismissed after Scott completed his probation.

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