On Thursday, April 11, a road rage incident occurred on Massard Road near Fort Smith Fire Station 11 in the Chaffee Crossing area. The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a man driving a red Hyundai Elantra had just pointed a gun at the caller and his passengers.
According to the caller and his minor passengers, they were travelling down Massard Road following the red Hyundai. Near the Fire Station, the driver of the Hyundai started waving a pistol around inside the car. After they saw the pistol the three witnesses stated the driver of the Hyundai slammed on the brakes, got out of the car, and pointed the pistol at the three minors. The victims yelled at the man and pled with him to not point the gun at them. The man pointing the gun stated they were following too close. The gun pointing man fled the area.
SCSO deputies were able to track the red Hyundai down to an address in Greenwood. There they arrested Jeffery Wayne Pittman, 52, of Bonanza. Pittman had a pistol on his person in a holster when deputies first made contact with him. They were able to confirm with the witnesses that this was the man and the pistol which was pointed at them. The pistol was loaded with a round in the chamber.
Pittman was arrested on three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The pistol, two loaded magazines, and a holster were seized by SCSO deputies. Pittman was taken to the Sebastian County Detention Center and booked. Pittman was later released on a $7,500 legally sufficient bond.