Off-duty officer denies pointing gun at father, son during road-rage incident

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the story of what happened during a drive along Highway 249 changes depending on who you ask.

Alan Ross Stotts and his 15-year-old son, Ethan Ross Stotts, said the father tried to move over a lane not knowing there was a car already there.

They said everyone involved then rolled down their windows and words flew.

“He pulled out a firearm. Pointed it directly at me. My dad put on his brakes. He swerved a little bit because he had to get out of the way,” Ethan Ross Stotts said.

Alan Ross Stotts said he, as well as the other driver, both called for help.

KPRC 2 confirmed an off-duty Harris County sheriff's deputy was driving the other car.

A spokesman for the Sheriff's Office said the deputy, whose name has not been released, said he felt threatened when he was nearly pushed off of the freeway.

The deputy said he only pulled his gun and badge when the other driver forced him to the side of the road.

The deputy said he did not point the gun.

“For him to do something like that really tarnishes his name. (Kind of) makes me feel a little more unsafe with police," Alan said.

The Sheriff's Office said the deputy working the call took the information to the district attorney's office, which declined charges because of the conflicting statements.

The deputy involved was on the job while Internal Affairs investigated his case.