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Man faces assault with weapon charge after road rage incident

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:50:02 PM MST   Updated On: Nov 26 2013 02:57:10 PM MST
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A man faces a felony assault with a weapon charge after a reported road rage incident involving a handgun.

Police arrested Richard Sturgeon, 47, Monday.

Court documents say a man reported he was driving northbound on Reserve Street on his way to work, and was behind a pickup truck. He told police at one point the driver of truck hit the brakes suddenly. When the man arrived at work he saw the pickup follow him in to the parking lot.

The complaint goes on to say the man got out to apologize to the pickup truck driver if he had been following too closely. He told police the driver, Sturgeon, pointed a black handgun at him and said, "One more time. I'm going to kill you." The man said Sturgeon then drove away.

Police found Sturgeon later and found the black handgun on the dashboard. Sturgeon admitted to police he followed another driver to work and confronted him about tailgating, but court documents say he denied brandishing the handgun.

Sturgeon is scheduled to appear in Missoula County Justice Court Tuesday afternoon.

NBC Montana will keep you updated on the story.