VERO BEACH — A man was jailed Monday after police said he pointed a loaded 9 mm handgun at another motorist while the two were stopped at a red light. The man, identified as Armani Zyaire Grey, told officers the other driver was on his phone, swerving, almost struck his vehicle and had cut him off in traffic, reports show.
“I just snap when it comes to ignorance,” Grey told police. The driver showed police cellphone footage that captured Grey holding the black firearm in his right hand and aiming it directly at him, reports show.
Grey, of the 2300 block of 2nd Court, Vero Beach, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. Grey was held Tuesday at the Indian River County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
Vero Beach police responded to the road rage incident about 5:30 p.m. near 20th Street and 27th Avenue. The motorist – a man – was traveling in a truck along eastbound 20th Street approaching 27th Avenue when he tried to merge left into the middle lane and accidentally cut off a black Jeep, reports show.
Grey, the Jeep’s driver, told police he was traveling with his fiancé and an infant. Grey and his fiancé argued with the driver before both vehicles stopped at the red light, reports show.
Police said Grey then pulled his Jeep in front of the truck, got out and pointed the gun at the driver. Grey got back in the vehicle and drove off, but was detained soon after by Indian River County sheriff’s deputies in the 400 block of 15th Place Southwest, reports show.
Deputies found the loaded Smith & Wesson firearm in the Jeep’s front driver’s side door compartment and turned it over to police. Officers arrested Grey and booked him into the county jail.
Grey has an arraignment at 10 a.m. Feb. 1, 2024, court records show.