‘You’re going to die today;’ Man accused in I-675 road rage shooting says he acted in self-defense

SUGARCREEK TOWNSHIP — A man formally charged in a Greene County road rage shooting is now claiming he acted in self-defense.

As reported on News Center 7 at 6:00, the new court filing directly disputes the Sugarcreek Township police report.

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On February 9, police say Deaglen James Pyle, 21, shot at a woman in a confrontation on I-675 at Wilmington Pike.

The woman was not hit, but there was a bullet hole in her car door and part of a bullet inside, according to a previous News Center 7 report.

Pyle’s lawyer claims he fired because the victim had a gun too.

News Center 7 reviewed the police report; the only gun mentioned was the one Pyle had.

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The new claim was found in a motion filed in Greene County. In it, Pyles’ defense lawyer writes he “…intends to argue self defense” in the felonious assault case.

The claim continues and Pyle’s lawyer writes that when he got alongside the other car, “the alleged victim pointed a gun at the defendant...” causing Pyle to “to fear for his life and he acted in self defense.”

News Center 7′s John Bedell reached out to Pyle’s lawyer for more information about the claim. As of 6 p.m., he has not received a comment.

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Bedell also contacted the police department and the Greene County Prosecutor for more information on the claim in the court filing.

“There is no evidence that indicates a second firearm was involved in this incident,” Sugarcreek Township Chief of Police Michael Brown said in an email.

When the victim met with the police right after the shooting, she only mentioned the one gun that Pyle used to allegedly shoot at her.

“He pulled out a gun and shot my car twice. He said, ‘You’re gonna die today,’ and pulled out a gun and shot my car twice,” the victim told police.

Dash camera video obtained from a driver who was following both cars and witnessed the incident only shows the one gun that police and prosecutors say Pyle used.

News Center 7 will provide an update when we hear back from Pyle’s lawyer.

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