Possible road rage incident involving off-duty police officer - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Possible road rage incident involving off-duty police officer

Chanethea Marshall (left), Darious Matthews (right) (Source: Bartlett Police) Chanethea Marshall (left), Darious Matthews (right) (Source: Bartlett Police)
BARTLETT, TN (WMC) -

An off-duty Memphis police officer told Bartlett Police Department that a man in a car flashed a gun at him as he drove his 1998 Ford Explorer on Kirby Whitten Road on Friday.

The officer said the people in the car made a U-turn in front of him, then a passenger in the car pointed a gun at him when he honked.

At that point, the officer said he started following them.

The people in the car said they don't know who was following them, and they didn't make a U-turn.

"The truck came out of nowhere, and he almost rear ended us," passenger Keiyona Martin said. "So she [the driver] got scared and she went all the way into the left lane.”

Chanethea Marshall was driving the car. Her boyfriend, Darious Matthews, was in the passenger seat.

“I was scared cause like I said, I didn't know who he was," Marshall said. "He could have been a serial killer.”

Marshall said she pulled into the parking lot of the Hollywood 20 Cinema to find out who was following her. That's when the off-duty MPD officer said Matthews got out of the car with a gun.

The officer said he identified himself as such and Matthews walked back to the car and put the gun on the floorboard. The gun turned out to be a $20 pellet gun.

Chanethea Marshall says Matthews did not have the gun when he walked back to the Ford Explorer to find out who was in it.

“The officer jumped out so fast like RoboCop with his gun telling him to freeze. He was undercover police, freeze. He grabbed him and told him and told him he was going to blow his head off and wrestled him to the ground," Marshall said.

Bartlett police arrested Darious Matthews and charged him with assault. Chanethea Marshall was charged with public drunkenness.

Memphis police are looking into the matter.

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