PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. — Prosecutors charged a Wichita man on Monday in the shooting death of a motorist on Friday night, which police said was the result of road rage.
Prosecutors allege Bobby T. Crumpton, 22, committed second degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Clinton R. Alsobrook.
Shortly before 10:20 p.m. on Friday, officers responded to a report of a shooting near Interstate 29 and 152-Highway. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased male inside a vehicle with apparent gunshot wounds.
According to court documents, Crumpton was driving a 2012 Chrysler 300 and Alsobrook was driving a maroon SUV. Passengers in either vehicle described the other vehicle as driving “aggressively and erratically.”
The incident began when the two vehicles driven by Crumpton and Alsobrook made contact on the exit ramp and came to a stop.
Crumpton then allegedly got out of his vehicle and fired several shots from a handgun into Alsobrook’s maroon SUV. Bullets struck Alsobrook in the left leg and the head near his left temple, killing him.
Alsobrook and the passenger in his vehicle were not armed.
Police said Crumpton was taken into custody after he called officers to a nearby gas station. He told police he fired shots after Alsobrook ran him off the road and then tried to run him over.
“I don’t want to go to prison,” Crumpton voluntarily told officers, according to court records. “I did what I thought was right. That guy tried to run me over.”
Crumpton also told police, “I do think I shot more than I had to.”
Multiple shell casings were found at the scene, and “numerous bullet holes were observed in the driver’s side door.”
Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said the case demonstrates the dangers of road rage.
“No one should lose their life because someone gets angry behind the wheel,” Zahnd said. “If you’re the victim of a road rage incident, try to drive to a safe place. If you’re the instigator, this case is a tragic reminder of how quickly things can get out of control.”
Crumpton is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.