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Police: Man shoots at motorist in road rage incident - and then taunts officers

Alfred Julian (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Alfred Julian (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) - A man faces charges after Cincinnati police say he shot at another motorist in a road rage incident and then taunted officers trying to arrest him.

The victim was not hit, but police said they had to shock the suspect, Alfred Julian, 36, at least four times with a Taser stun gun to get him to show his hands and surrender just before 3 a.m. Wednesday in the 3900 block of Vine Street.

"He yelled 'I can't breathe' and all the quotes and things that people have been saying," said Officer Matt Latzy. "He was very difficult to deal with. He wanted to be the next 'police victim' so his actions were quite threatening to us, hoping we would respond in an excessive manner, which did not happen. That was actually rather ridiculous."

Julian, of Springfield Township, is held in lieu of $201,000 bond at the Hamilton County jail on charges of felonious assault and resisting arrest. The case goes to a grand jury for possible indictment Jan. 9.

Police say the altercation unfolded after Julian allegedly cut the victim off on Vine Street, and the victim honked at him. The two men do not know each other, Latzy said.

The victim pulled into a gas station at Vine Street and Mitchell Avenue. Julian followed and allegedly threatened the man before kicking and pounding on his car. 

The victim drove off, but Julian followed and tried to cut him off again before driving off, Latzy said.

The victim thought Julian was gone, but police say he pulled over up ahead and was standing outside his car when the victim drove by.

That's when, police say, Julian fired a gun several times at the man.

A bullet struck the car. The man was not hit or hurt.

Police responded and tracked Julian to a nearby apartment building. Julian and a friend came out, and a confrontation ensued on the sidewalk.

Both men refused orders to show their hands and get down so police could take them into custody, Latzy said.

"We don't know at this point if they have a gun or not and they are screaming racist slurs and threats at us and threats to kill us and all kinds of stuff. They were escalating the situation and trying to get us to react, but nothing came of it."

The man with Julian surrendered without further incident at that point, but Julian had to be Tased.

Police are still searching for the gun used in the offense.

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