SLATER SCOOP: Exclusive video of road-rage shooting in Miami from in-car camera.
The shooter seen here was arrested and is awaiting trial. He told cops the other driver fired first.
(Warning: Language and gunfire) pic.twitter.com/10vDVEwBbw
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) January 28, 2022
Police identified the man at the heart of the incident as Michael Phillip Popper, 30, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, CBS Miami reported. At approximately 7 a.m. on June 21, 2021, Popper became frustrated with another driver as he headed southbound on I-95, eventually leading him to open fire on the other car with a handgun.
On Friday, local talk show host Andy Slater shared footage of the incident taken by an in-car camera. In the clip, Popper can be seen getting increasingly frustrated before reaching into the center console of the vehicle and pulling out a small handgun. After another moment, he fires on the other vehicle 11 times, with several shots hitting the target. On Twitter, the video has been viewed over 450,000 times as of Saturday morning.
According to Slater, Popper has been arrested and faces charges related to the road rage incident. He also reported that Popper claimed that the other driver had opened fire at him first on that morning in June.
Newsweek reached out to the Miami-Dade Police Department for a comment on this story and to clarify the charges that Popper is currently facing.
CBS Miami obtained an arrest report from the department, which goes into greater detail about what happened during the incident.