A motorcyclist who was shot in the chest by a motorist during a road rage incident in O’Fallon, Mo., spoke out Tuesday, asking for a grand jury to hear the case and criticizing the St. Charles County prosecutor for not filing charges.
“But for the grace of God, I would be a dead man,” the motorcyclist, Keith Randell, 49, of St. Ann, said Tuesday, reading from a statement at his attorney’s office in Clayton.
“This is the result of an aggressive driver,” Randell said. “He chose to shoot me when he was not in fear of any serious injury.”
St. Charles County prosecutor Jack Banas said Monday he would not file criminal charges against the motorist, adding the man was justified in shooting because the motorcyclist reached into his car and punched him first.
The incident happened the afternoon of May 26 at the Bryan Road exit at Interstate 70. Randell was riding with his wife on separate Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and Setchfield was driving with his wife and 9-year-old grandson and a dog in a Mazda 6 sedan. Each thought the other had cut them off.
Banas said the intersection is confusing but it appeared the motorcyclists had turned into the wrong lane.
Setchfield yelled at the motorcyclists, and he and Randell began arguing.
When Randell approached the car on foot, Setchfield took his semiautomatic .380-caliber handgun out of his glove box and placed it in his lap, according to a police report. They continued arguing, and Setchfield said Randell spit at him and he may have spit back. After that, Randell hit Setchfield in the face, and Setchfield then fired one shot at the motorcyclist, Banas said.
After the incident, Setchfield dropped off his wife and grandson at home before driving to the O’Fallon police station and telling them what happened.
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