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Texas deputy shoots woman in the head in road rage dispute

November 28, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Texas deputy shoots woman in the head in road rage dispute Kenneth Caplan (black tee) - Image courtesy of khou.com

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A Texas deputy is in cuffs and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly shooting a woman in the head in what cops are calling a road-rage incident.

The confrontation took place during the afternoon rush hour on November 11 in Houston.

The victim who is a 20-year-old woman, told investigators she was driving in the right lane when she was cut off by a small blue car.

She had honked her horn and continued on her way, but a short time later the driver, identified as Deputy Constable Kenneth Caplan, pulled up besides her, rolled down his window, pointed a gun at her and pulled the trigger, reported Click2Houston.

According to police, a woman who was in the passengers seat in Caplan’s vehicle, leaned back when he shot at the woman. Caplan then fled the scene.

Luckily for the woman, the bullet just grazed the left side of her head.
She was able to pull over on the side of the road and call 911.

Image courtesy of khou.com

Image courtesy of khou.com

Paramedics who responded to the call transported the driver to Memorial Hermann Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

A two-week investigation conducted into the shooting resulted in the arrest of Deputy Caplan Wednesday.

According to the officer’s LinkedIn account, he was hired by the Harris County Constable’s Office – Precinct 6 in July 2012.

I serve and protect my community by enforcing the law,’ he wrote on his page.

The precinct has released a statement pointing out that Caplan was off duty and was dressed as a civilian at the time of the incident.

‘The Harris County Constable’s Office – Precinct 6 neither condones nor tolerates the actions taken by Kenneth Caplan that connected him to this incident, and the necessary measures were taken to collect his credentials and remove him from our status,’ the statement read.

The passenger in the officer’s car was questioned by police but not charged in the shooting.

Speaking to KHOU Wednesday, the victim said that she is afraid of retaliation.
‘I keep thinking someone is going to come up and shoot me,’ she said.

The woman recalled how she heard ringing in her ears when the shot was fired at her head, and how she kept thinking that she was going to bleed to death in her car.

‘I feel like I got a taste of death, honestly,’ she said.

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