Phoenix PD: Man arrested after pointing gun at undercover officer
Phoenix police said a man who recently moved to Phoenix aimed a loaded handgun at an undercover officer Tuesday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Robert McDonald (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
The man was driving this Chevrolet Corvette when he pulled the gun and wave it in the air as he approached the officer's car. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A 69-year-old man picked the wrong vehicle to display his displeasure at Arizonans' driving habits.
Phoenix police arrested Robert McDonald, 69, after he allegedly aimed a loaded handgun at an undercover officer on a Phoenix street Tuesday morning.
The plain clothes officer was in an unmarked car and stopped in the center lane of eastbound Missouri Avenue near 15th Avenue with his blinker on to make a U-turn about 9:45 a.m.
McDonald, driving a Chevrolet Corvette from the opposite direction, started waving the handgun as he approached, said Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.
The man aimed the gun at the officer, who ducked as the suspect passed, and turned onto 15th Avenue, where he was pulled over just north of Missouri, where he again waved the gun in the air, Thompson said.
Back-up officers were able to take McDonald into custody without incident, Thompson said.
McDonald had moved to Arizona from the East Coast a few months ago and "made some comment about everybody in Arizona perhaps are not the best drivers in the world," Thompson deadpanned.
Thompson said he didn't know if the suspect had some earlier encounter or what might have triggered his behavior, but he turned serious when pointing out the driver could have aimed the gun at anyone in the neighborhood.
Thompson said police had no reason to believe McDonald knew he was pointing his gun at an undercover officer.
Thompson said the man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault.
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