Road rage incident in Slidell results in one man being shot

One man arrested, the other to be booked when he is released from the hospital

Jim Hanzo
June 26, 2019 - 9:09 pm

An afternoon road rage incident between two men resulted in one man being shot in Slidell.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. when cops responded to a shooting on Tyler Drive near Gause Boulevard.  Cops say it began when two men engaged each over a road rage incident.

At some point, according to police, 45-year-old, Matthew Ledet of Slidell, intentionally stopped his Honda Pilot SUV on Tyler Drive in front 71-year-old, Benjamin Talton’s, Honda Ridgeline truck.  Ledet exited his SUV and forcefully struck the hood of Talton’s truck, leaving a dent.  Ledet retreated back to his vehicle, at which time Talton exited his truck with a gun and confronted Ledet.  At some point during the encounter, cops say, Talton fired one shot from his pistol, which struck Ledet in the arm.  The two men retreated to a nearby Chevron gas station where they both stayed on the scene while waiting for police to arrive.

Ledet was transported to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Talton from Slidell, was arrested and booked into the Slidell City Jail with Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.  Ledet, who is still hospitalized, will be facing Disturbing the Peace, Criminal Damage, and Obstruction of a Public Passage charges, upon his release.

“This is a very unfortunate incident, and it could have been completely avoided," Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said.  "I urge all drivers to ignore the temptation of engaging in a road rage incident.  Drive away and call 911 if someone becomes aggressive.  All too often, these types of incidents can turn deadly. It’s not worth it.”

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