KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A metro man said something didn't feel right when he saw red and blue lights flashing in his rearview mirror last weekend. As it turns out, his instincts were on point. The driver is now warning others about the man he says made him stop on the side of the highway.
Omer Aswad had just visited family in Columbia last weekend when he came up on an accident on westbound Interstate 70, just past the Oak Grove exit. He said everyone was driving slowly, expect for the man in his rearview mirror.
"He was riding my bumper and trying to speed up. He started honking, flashing his lights," Aswad said.
"I think it probably started out as what we like to call a road rage incident," Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stosberg said.
Aswad said the driver flipped on red and blue lights that were mounted on the dash, which forced Aswad to pull over and stop on the shoulder.
"He passed me, pulled right in front of me and rushed out of the car. As soon as he swung the door open he said, 'License and Registration,'" Aswad recalled.
He said he noticed Alaska plates, flip-flops, and sweat pants; not a typical officer outfit.
"He was rushing me in a very hostile manner so I was honestly fearing for my life," Aswad said.
"Sadly, there are people out there that do impersonate police officers," Stosberg said.
Suspicions raised, Aswad told the driver through a cracked window he didn't believe he was a cop. Aswad said the man shouted he was a cop, and kept rushing to Aswad's car.
"He got almost two, three feet away from the car and I think he noticed that right behind my steering wheel I had my gun pulled," Aswad said.
"It's not against the law if you're traveling peacefully to be armed in Missouri. And if you're in fear for your safety, you know you do have the right to protect yourself," Stosberg said.
Aswad also protected himself through pictures, in an effort to document what happened for police.
"I decided to take my phone and take a picture. That's exactly what I did and turns out it was helpful," he explained.
He hopes that photo will help close the case for investigators and lessen the chance for that man to stop someone else.
"I fear if somebody has the willingness to go this far at noon with daylight with that many people on the highway, somebody's definitely capable of doing it on a country road or late at night," Aswad said.
Police have not arrested that man, though Aswad told FOX 4 that detectives said they questioned him and he admitted to using the lights. Check fox4kc.com for updates if the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office files charges.