White Indiana man says he shot at black man to stop him from being hit by car
Apparently, a bullet is safer than a car.
Brian Oedzes, of Dyer, was charged last week with a hate crime and aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with the Aug. 22 incident in Flossmoor, Illinois, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Witnesses said the victim was walking late that evening when he encountered Oedzes, who they said shouted a racial slur and pointed a gun at the black man.
“You need to get the f*ck out of here, you don’t belong here,” Oedzes told the man, according to the police report.
He then fired a gunshot toward the black man as he ran away with his hands in the air, witnesses told police.
The 44-year-old Oedzes, however, denied using racial slurs and said he was trying to help the “extraordinarily intoxicated” man avoid being hit by a vehicle as he walked in the street.
“I wanted to make sure he got out of the street and didn’t get hurt,” Oedzes told the Tribune. “Unfortunately, he approached us.”