Man Arrested, Accused Of Shooting Driver In Response To A Honk In OKC

Thursday, October 15th 2020, 5:08 pm
By: Jennifer Pierce

A man is recovering after police said an angry driver opened fire at him, hitting the man in the hand and leg.

Police arrested Jeffery Rollerson, 35, on Wednesday shortly after the apparent road rage shooting.

The suspect claimed Robert Wade was yelling racial slurs at him and his 8-year-old son and said he thought Wade had a gun, police said.

The victim said he does not even own a gun and was completely caught off guard.

Wade’s drive to the ATM turned into a trip to the emergency room. He said Rollerson shot him twice.

“He hit me in my right hand, there’s an entry wound right here,” Wade said. “It exited my right hand here and then it entered my right thigh. Then, another bullet went in my right thigh.” 

Wade said it all started near NW 39th and MacArthur Boulevard after he honked at a driver to prevent an accident. Instead, Rollerson thought the honk was directed at him and rear-ended Wade's van.  

“He comes screaming up next to me and pulled up and rolled down his window and said something to me,” said Wade. “He goes, 'I’ll f---ing shoot you' and produced a weapon.”

Wade said he was shocked to see a child in the suspect’s passenger seat. He followed the armed driver to get his tag number but when they came to a stop light, Rollerson made good on his threat.

“He was driving and he had his gun like this,” said Wade. “He was shooting out the driver side window.”

Rollerson crashed his SUV on NW 36th shortly after the shooting and police were not far behind.

When officers were arresting Rollerson, he admitted to having a gun.

“He had his son with him, and said the gun was in his son’s backpack,” said Master Sgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department.

Police said Rollerson told officers, "I had to shoot."

Wade was taken to the hospital and is now at home recovering. He is still confused and angry that he was shot over a honk.

“I don’t know why he did it,” said Wade. “I guess, we’ll never know.”

Rollerson was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on a drive-by shooting complaint.