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UPDATE: Road-rage suspect turns himself in

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A 66-year-old man was shot in the chest during an apparent road rage incident in Hixson on Friday morning, according to Chattanooga police.

Cletus Harvey, 66, was driving at about 9:30 a.m. when he stopped near the intersection of Dayton Boulevard and Dowlen Road to confront a driver who was following him closely, according to police.

When Harvey got out of his truck and said something to the driver, the driver shot him once and drove away, according to police. Police did not release what Harvey said to the driver.

Harvey is in stable condition but the truck driver was still on the loose Friday evening. Hours after the shooting, police were searching for a black GMC truck with Tennessee license plate number 357WGF.

This is not the first road-rage shooting in Chattanooga. In 2013, 39-year-old Alex Gallman stepped out of his car on Moore Road after he thought he was hit from behind and Richard Manning, 62, shot him once.

Manning was charged in Gallman's death but died in 2014 before the case went to trial.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. John Harmon said it's not unusual for troopers to receive calls about road-rage incidents in which one person shows a firearm.

In the 12-county region around Chattanooga, troopers receive such calls at least three or four times a month, he said.

Harmon urged motorists to avoid confronting an aggressor if at all possible. He said drivers who are involved in a road-rage incident should slow down and allow the aggressor to pass, or pull over at the first populated area.

"If the aggressor stops [too], lock doors and call 911," he said. "If he were to get out of his car — drive off and leave him. Avoid an altercation if at all possible."

Contact staff writer Shelly Bradbury at 423-757-6525 or sbradbury@timesfreepress.com with tips or story ideas. Follow @ShellyBradbury.

This story was last updated July 29 at 10:45 p.m.

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