Authorities Say Reserve Deputy Constable Shot Woman Because She Honked at Him in Traffic
A Harris County Constable has been arrested, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for a road rage incident in which he allegedly shot a woman in the freaking head for honking at him in traffic.
Kenneth Caplan, a reserve deputy constable for Harris County, Precinct 6, was arrested last Wednesday, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for a November 11 road rage shooting on the 610 loop.
Witnesses say an off-duty Caplan cut off the unnamed victim near 610 and Stella Link during afternoon traffic, and the irritated woman honked her horn in return and attempted to get around Caplan. Sounds like some irritating yet pretty typical traffic antics, right?
Eh, not so much.
According to witnesses, Caplan reportedly reacted to that horn honking by driving up alongside the woman and rolling his window down in a rage. The woman told officers she assumed Caplan -- who had a female passenger with him -- was going to cuss her out.
But authorities allege that Caplan -- who, may we remind you, is likely (or, should we say, hopefully) trained to try to de-escalate such scenarios -- opted to shoot at the woman instead. A bullet went through her driver's side window, grazing the left side of her head. The shot left her shocked and covered in blood but otherwise okay.
Screenshot of Local 2 road rage victim interview
Someone purporting to be that victim detailed the incident in the comments section of a Chron article, saying that she thought she was going to die as Caplan "drove alongside her, rolled his window down, pointed his weapon and opened fire."
"The blood was in between my nails, just crazy blood, and all over my cellphone, just covered. I just started crying because I knew I was going to die," she said. "I wanted to call my mom to tell her, 'I love you.'"
The victim, who has asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation, also recalled the incident to Channel 11.
"All of a sudden I'm driving, and this guy cuts me off. He was about to hit me. I switched to the other lane, I got in front of him and I cut him off. I guess that pissed him off. He went like that and he just fired at me. And then all of sudden I heard a ring in my ear," said the victim.
According to the victim, the female passenger moved out of the way to allow Caplan to shoot.
"She leaned back," the victim told Channel 11.
The victim was able to pull over onto the side of the freeway and call for help following the incident. She spent three days in the hospital following the shooting for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to reports.
The Harris County Precinct 6 constable's office released a statement on the issue, stating that Caplan's actions will not be tolerated.
"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."
Caplan's currently in jail on a $200,000 bond.