A Surprise man is in custody on suspicion of shooting at a vehicle and damaging two others after an apparent road rage incident.
Surprise police report Cody Ryan Nielsen, 33, was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail Monday afternoon.
Around 2 p.m. Monday, police received multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting in a parking lot near Bell and Reems roads. An officer arrived within 40 seconds of one of the calls and contacted Mr. Nielsen standing next to a truck.
Mr. Nielsen told officers that a vehicle had rammed his truck. He reportedly responded by firing multiple rounds at the vehicle, which fled the scene.
However, he also told the arresting officer that he was driving west on Bell Road “when a light-colored vehicle cut him off and brake checked him.” Both vehicles changed lanes multiple times before Mr. Nielsen pulled into the parking lot to check his truck for any contact.
“He advised upon stepping out of his vehicle with an open door a vehicle came at him and struck his open door which pinned him between the door and his vehicle,” records state.
Mr. Nielsen reportedly pulled out his handgun and fired rounds at the moving vehicle. He continued doing so until the vehicle was out of sight.
He did not know the intentions of the other driver. He said he had used his whole magazine when asked how many rounds he fired.
Police noted a small abrasion to Mr. Nielsen’s left pinky, the left side of his nose, and a dime-size lump in the forehead area.
Another officer later said Mr. Nielsen had been in a road rage incident in which he rear ended another vehicle two times, records state.
“There were no witnesses who stayed on scene and said they were outside and nearly struck by any of the rounds to aid in endangerment,” police stated.
Police said two other vehicles were struck by rounds: a Ford F-150 with right front tire damage of $250, and a U-Haul-style box truck which was 250 feet away from where Mr. Nielsen was when the shooting occurred. It had $150 in damage.
Police found 11 spent shell casings on the ground from the driver-side door to the bumper. Mr. Nielsen’s truck also had the driver-side window shattered from contact with the other vehicle.
“We have received no reports of any injuries from the shots that were reported as being fired,” Sgt. Tim Klarkowski told the Daily News-Sun Monday afternoon upon learning of the reported incident.
Records indicate the driver of the other vehicle never returned to the scene nor called police. No local hospitals reported a shooting victim.
“This is an active investigation still and we are looking for the driver of the other vehicle,” Mr. Klarkowski stated Tuesday afternoon. “Unfortunately, we do not have much in the way of information on that vehicle at this time.”
Anyone with information on the incident can call Surprise police at 623-222-4000 or 623-222-8477.
Mr. Nielsen faces 11 felony counts of discharging a firearm in city limits and two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage.
Commissioner Kenneth Skiff set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Mr. Nielsen. His next court appearances are Tuesday, March 19 and Friday, March 22.