Man pleads guilty to firing gun inside car following road rage incident

Shots injured a teenager in the SUV

Jim Melwert
June 18, 2018 - 3:07 pm
Owen Farmer

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

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UPPER GWYNEDD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Montgomery County man pleaded guilty to firing a gun into a car after his step-daughter called him on her way home from work, saying she was being followed and feared for her life. 

Owen Farmer, 37, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment for firing a gun into an SUV, which followed his step-daughter home after a road rage incident in February 2017.

Prosecutor Ben McKenna said they plan to seek jail time, since Farmer escalated the situation by pulling a gun, he added.

"When you whip out a gun and start firing multiple shots into a car, there better be a really, really good excuse for that, and in this case, that excuse did not exist," he said. "It escalated by the defendant’s own conduct into a situation where someone was firing a gun into a car, a mom and a daughter’s life were put in jeopardy and someone got shot in the back."

Farmer fired three shots into the car. One of the bullets hit the driver’s teenage daughter. She suffered minor injuries as it had been slowed by a window and two car seats. 

Farmer’s attorney, Paul Tressler, said Farmer fired the gun after the SUV drove on his lawn and ran over his foot. 

"It runs over his foot, fractures his foot. And he thinks that his daughter was run over by the car and that’s when he shoots," Tressler said. "He admits it recklessly endangered someone, but he thinks it was warranted under the circumstances and he hopes the judge takes those circumstances into account."

With the guilty plea, felony charges will be dropped, and sentencing is tentatively scheduled for September.