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Police: Eugene man fired handgun at another vehicle on I-5

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Troopers took 43-year-old Christopher Tavernier of Eugene into custody and booked him into the Linn County Jail on charges of Menacing and Harassment, police said. (Linn County Jail mugshot)

ALBANY, Ore. - A Eugene man fired a handgun at a pickup truck on Interstate 5 on Monday in a "road rage incident," Oregon State Police said.

Police put out a public appeal Tuesday for witnesses.

Troopers responded to a report of shots fired on I-5 near Millersburg at 6 p.m. May 22.

"Callers indicated a Jeep Wrangler and a Chevrolet Silverado were travelling south on Interstate 5 when they were involved in a road rage incident," state police said in a report.

Troopers said a 23-year-old Albany man and his 43-year-old father were in the Chevy.

At some point, the driver of the Jeep "pulled to the shoulder, exited his vehicle and fired a shot at the Chevrolet Silverado with a handgun," police said. "There were no injuries reported."

Police later found the driver of the Jeep at a drive-thru Starbucks in Albany.

Troopers took 43-year-old Christopher Tavernier of Eugene into custody and booked him into the Linn County Jail on charges of Menacing and Harassment, police said.

Now investigators want to hear from any witnesses to what occurred Monday. Witnesses can contact Trooper Dakotah Keys at the Albany Area Command at (541) 967-2026.