Charges linked to road rage shooting dropped

Michael McJunkin. (2011 photo courtesy the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Michael McJunkin. (2011 photo courtesy the Michigan Department of Corrections.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A man whose girlfriend was shot in an apparent road rage incident no longer faces charges.

A Calhoun County judge dismissed charges of assault with a deadly weapon against Michael McJunkin on Friday.

McJunkin and another man were arrested March 12 after the apparent instance of road rage. Investigators say McJunkin and another driver got into a road rage dispute on M-66 near Beckley Road. Police say that after the drivers exchanged profanities and gestures, McJunkin pulled in front of the other vehicle and attempted to back into it.

But McJunkin’s girlfriend, who was the passenger in his vehicle, said he was only getting out of the car to get a picture of the other car’s license plate.

The cars turned in different directions, but police say McJunkin then turned down a side street and began to chase the other car, authorities say. Police say they have surveillance video showing McJunkin’s vehicle chasing the other through a hospital parking lot. When the vehicle became cornered in a nearby lot, a man got out and began shooting a gun at McJunkin’s vehicle.

The vehicle was struck several times and McJunkin’s girlfriend was hit in the leg.

Prosecutors charged McJunkin with assault with a deadly weapon, claiming the car was the weapon. But Judge John Hallacy dismissed that charge, ruling the car chase did not amount to assault.

As for the man who fired on McJunkin, no charges have been filed yet.

Charges have not yet been filed against the man who opened fire on McJunkin. Police are still investigating and it is possible charges could be filed in the future.

McJunkin is still jailed on a parole hold. He is on parole after serving prison time for methamphetamine possession.

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