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MPD: I-10 shooting appears to be self-defense

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A witness took a picture of the scene driving on I-10 East Sunday night. Photo: FOX10 News. A witness took a picture of the scene driving on I-10 East Sunday night. Photo: FOX10 News.
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste revealed new details about the deadly shooting on Interstate 10. 

Timothy Pinckard was shot and killed Sunday evening on I-10 between Rangeline Road and the I-65 interchange. No arrests have been made and Battiste said the shooting appears to be a case of self-defense. 

Battiste told FOX10 News the gunman had a reason to think his life was in danger because of a road rage incident that happened at another location. That incident involved the gunman and Pinckard's son. 

Battiste would not reveal many details about that initial incident but said there was a confrontation that started on Highway 90 in Tillman's Corner. Investigators said after the confrontation, Pinckard's son followed the shooter to I-10 and called Pinckard for help.

"If Mr. Pinckard's son had taken a different approach to dealing with this incident, by one, by not calling his father and placing him in the middle of a confrontation that he's having, he's a 20-year-old subject that should be capable of dealing with conflict, or at least knowing what to do," Battiste told FOX10 News Wednesday. 

At some point, we're told the shooter's vehicle was boxed in between the vehicles of Pinckard and his son on I-10. Moments after the three vehicles pulled over on the interstate, Pinckard was shot and killed. Battiste says Pinckard's son did call police, but he should have let officers handle the situation.

"That didn't happen, what he did is he took matters into his own hand, he began to follow the individual and he calls his father who in turn, participated in it."

Battiste would not confirm if Pinckard had a weapon when he was killed. Investigators say Pinckard's son claims the shooter assaulted him at the first location, and that's why he followed the suspect.

A picture taken by a witness appears to show the shooter standing up near the parked cars after the shooting. That witness says the shooter was pointing the gun at Pinckard's son at that point. But investigators say the facts in the case, point to self defense.

"A third party joins in and someone's following you...they force you off the side of the road, they box you in, and force you to have to stop, if you take all of those facts into consideration...You as a reasonable person, would you feel that your life is in jeopardy in a situation like that?"

The case will be presented to a grand jury. Battiste says as investigators figure out what happened, there's a chance the shooter could face a charge related to the first incident. 

FOX10 News is working to learn more about the chain of events leading up to the shooting. We will keep you updated.

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