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N4T Investigators: Woman records road-rage incident

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TUCSON - A guy and his gun were caught on camera on Halloween and investigators say it was not a trick.

The gun was being pointed at Jill Higbee and her husband.

Higbee told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, "I was hoping he didn't shoot. I felt sick and just kind of stunned."

Jill was in the passenger seat when she recorded the driver of a blue Prius in the next lane as her husband was heading north on Oracle Road. She says she started recording because the guy was tailgating them and tried twice to run them off the road.

Jill's not sure what set the guy off. He might have thought they cut him off, or he didn't like being recorded. Or both. 

"We were doing a U-turn and we did not see him, " Jill said, "But out of nowhere he was on our trail. So, we talked about possibly that could have been what upset him, but even still."

As they stopped to make a left turn onto Orange Grove, the man, whose car had a Florida license plate, pulled up alongside them. Jill recording what quickly happened next. 

The man is heard saying to her, "Want to see something, bitch?"  Jill and her husband are stunned. Her husband Robert yelled to the man, "You can go to jail for that." Then Robert says, "Oh, my gosh."

Jill told us, "Possibly him seeing that I was recording either upset him or stopped him from shooting. I don't know."

You run the risk chance of putting yourselves in more danger when you try to obtain that kind of evidence.

Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ryan Inglett identified the driver as 60-year old Scott Alan Cook. He wasn't caught until three weeks after the road-rage incident. That's when Tucson police say Cook ran over a security guard outside St. Joseph's Hospital. Cook is in the Pima County Detention Center facing aggravated assault charges in both cases.

As for how you should deal with an angry driver - and there seems to be a lot of them these days - do you try to get them on camera, as Jill  did? Or do you just pull over and not engage them?

Inglett says, "We always suggest remove yourself from that situation. You have an aggravated person there. Do what you can to try to calm him down, say sorry to him. "Even if you're not wrong, say, 'I'm so sorry, I was wrong.' "

Jill says, "I hope he gets help and doesn't do that to anybody else and takes peoples lives as serious as it should be taken."

Jill says knowing as she does now that the guy had a gun, if she had to do it over again, she absolutely would not engage him, she would have tried to get his license plate number without recording him, and would have told her husband to pull off the road before calling 911.

If you have a story you'd like us to investigate, email us at investigators@kvoa.com or call our tip line at 520-955-4444.

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