CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Two men were charged with crimes after Chesterfield Police swarmed a Woodlake-area shopping center Wednesday morning. The officers were called to Winterpock Crossing for a road rage incident involving a gun. Brenda Crockett, who works at Winterpock Crossing near Woodlake off Hull Street, took a photo of the parking lot filled with squad cars.
"I counted at least eight cop cars when I pulled up, but there could've been a lot more," Crockett said. "I'm all for people owning guns to protect themselves, but not in a manner of brandishing, because of road rage."
The incident started in a gym parking lot near Harbor Point about 11 a.m. Wednesday. It ended about a mile-and-a-half west in the shopping center parking after the victim flagged down a sheriff’s deputy and told him two men had waved a gun at him while driving, police said. Police eventually surrounded a car driven by 18-year-old Colt Stone. It was Stone, police said, who waved a gun in a threatening manner at the other driver. Stone also exchanged words and hand gestures while driving, investigators said.
During the course of their investigation, police discovered the gun used in the road rage incident was actually a BB gun. Stone was charged with brandishing a weapon. His passenger, Joshua Bryant, was charged of possession of drug paraphernalia. Both men were taken to Chesterfield County jail.
"It's very concerning,” said Crockett. “We have the Children's Museum right here right next door, and Enterprise-Rent-a-Car where people are always coming and going. This is a busy area, but it’s also quiet, if that makes sense. We don't see stuff like that."