(WXYZ) - Derek Flemming had just gone out for lunch with his wife Amy in Howell. They then went to pick up their kids from elementary school. They never made it together.
The 43-year-old was shot in the middle of Grand River. The reason? Investigators say it was road rage.
Attorney William Moore, the designated spokesperson for the Flemming family, said that Amy and Derek Flemming saw a man tailgating them. Amy said they pulled to the right so the man could pass on the left. The man instead tried to pass on the right and almost hit them.
When they stopped at a red light, Derek Flemming got out of their vehicle and confronted the driver saying, “What’s your problem?”
Witnesses tell 7 Action News they heard the drivers yelling, and then there was a gunshot. Flemming died in Grand River at Chilson in Genoa Township. His wife was by his side.
Livingston County Dispatchers got so many calls from witnesses out on the busy roadway, many got a busy signal.
The suspected shooter has not yet been identified. Investigators say he is 69 years old. After the shooting, he pulled over and waited for law enforcement to arrive. He has been in custody since. He is expected to be arraigned on Thursday at Livingston County Court. His side of the story will likely come out at trial.
In Michigan, self defense shootings are only justified if the person "honestly and reasonably" fears for his or her life or well-being.