A Missouri couple is alleging that they were the victims of an assault Sunday by an off-duty law enforcement official in a road rage incident.
Janet and Donald Akers were on their way to put flowers on the grave of Janet’s mother for Mother’s Day, when Janet saw a black truck apparently veering into their traffic lane.
Janet told KTVI she honked the horn “to let him know, 'Hey, you’re coming over to hit us.' And then he backed down, got behind us, and honked and honked and honked all the way through the intersection."
She then gestured to the driver of the vehicle for him to pull over in a parking lot so that she could explain why she had honked in the first place.
“His wife jumped out of the truck,” Janet continued. “She came over [and] started yelling at me.”
The driver of the truck soon joined them, armed with a gun.
“I didn’t know if he was going to shoot us or what,” Donald said. “But instead, he hit me right across the nose with it. Broke my nose, my sinus cavities, broke my teeth.”
Janet retaliated, but it wasn't long before bystanders broke up the fight. Janet then called 911 and took pictures for documentation purposes.
“So the police came and went over directly to them,” Janet said. “[They] were talking to them, laughing, joking around. We feel like they knew him right off the bat.”
“[Officers] told us he was an off-duty police officer,” Donald said. “That’s exactly what they told us.”
Though police officers searched the Akers’ car, “they never searched that guy’s truck,” Donald said. "He had the gun."
St. Louis County Police acknowledged that an active investigation was in progress.
The U.S. Marshals Service refused to identify the employee involved in the incident but released a statement.
“The Marshals Service is aware of an alleged incident involving one of our employees and is gathering relevant information on the matter to determine the appropriate steps,” the statement read, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch.