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Woman pulls gun during 'road rage' altercation, police say

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published March 19, 2014 at 8:10 a.m. Updated March 19, 2014 at 9:40 a.m.


Fleta Watson

A Little Rock woman is accused of pulling a gun on another woman during a purported "road rage" incident, authorities said.

Fleta Watson, 42, was arrested about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on a charge of aggravated assault.

Police reports indicated it started when Watson "got into a road rage situation" with the victim on Kanis Road.

Watson then "pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victim and threatened her," according to an arrest report.

A separate incident report said Watson acknowledged having a gun in her purse and a concealed-carry permit, but said she "did not point her weapon at anybody."

Watson added the victim "may have seen her retrieve her gun from the vehicle glove box and put it into her purse as she was exiting her Corvette" at the Kroger in the 8400 block of West Markham Street, the report said.

"Watson reported that [the victim] attempted to fight her and she refused while walking into the grocery store," police wrote.

Investigators also spoke with the victim's son, who was in her car, the report noted. He said he saw Watson pull a gun on his mother and threaten to "shoot her in her face," the report said.

No information on exactly what started the incident was included in the report.

Watson's bail on the report was listed at $5,000. She was not listed as an inmate in the Pulaski County jail Wednesday morning.

A March 26 court date is set.


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FreeSpiritMan says... March 19, 2014 at 10:27 a.m.

Just goes to show you how some people feel bullet proof when they have a gun as opposed to when they do not. You had better have a legal good reason to pull a gun on someone.

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Packman says... March 19, 2014 at 10:44 a.m.

She should have shot the itch that wanted to fight, and in front of her kid no less. If the lady in the Vette was trying to retreat and the other lady the aggressor and the lady in the Vette could reasonably believe the other lady intended bodily harm, she should have gone two to the chest and one to the head. Society should have little tolerance for those who see physical violence as the solution to disputes.

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Dontsufferfools says... March 19, 2014 at 10:59 a.m.

Woman's got it wrong. If you're gonna carry, you have to take pains avoid confrontations, not create them. Because you can't start a fight or argument and end it with your gun. Statute is pretty clear on that.

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faytown says... March 19, 2014 at 11:52 a.m.

conceal carry + LR drivers = wild west

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2531USMC says... March 19, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.

This is a brief discripton, Arkansas use of Deadly Force law, there are always other issues which come into play, case law, rullings, and so forth. "A person is justified in using deadly physical force upon another person if the person reasonably believes that the other person is: a) committing or about to commit a felony involving force or violence; b) using or about to use unlawful deadly physical force; or c) imminently endangering the person's life or imminently about to victimize the person from the continuation of a pattern of domestic abuse. A person may not use deadly physical force in self-defense if he or she knows that he or she can avoid the necessity of using deadly physical force with complete safety by retreating. However, a person is not required to retreat if the person is: a) in the person's dwelling or on the curtilage surrounding the person's dwelling and was not the original aggressor; or a law enforcement officer or a person assisting at the direction of a law enforcement officer. Ark. Code Ann. 5-2-607."

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Dontsufferfools says... March 19, 2014 at 7:16 p.m.

The statute goes on to say that you have no protection under the law if you initiate and perpetuate a confrontation that puts you in a predicament that leads you to shoot someone.

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