Attorney says Knoxville road rage suspect felt threatened

Attorney says Knoxville road rage suspect felt threatened

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Rodney Lee Scott (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Rodney Lee Scott (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
"Mr. Scott was just trying to get home. Immediately when he got into the house, he told his wife to call 911," said attorney John Boucher. "Mr. Scott was just trying to get home. Immediately when he got into the house, he told his wife to call 911," said attorney John Boucher.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The attorney representing the man accused of opening fire on two motorcycle riders following a road rage clash earlier this week in East Knox County spoke to 6 News Friday about his client.

Rodney Lee Scott was released from jail Friday after a judge reduced his bond from more than $1 million to $25,000. Scott is facing attempted first degree murder charges.

His attorney, John Boucher, says Scott's Mary Emily Lane home was searched by deputies the night before, not for more evidence, but to simply remove any weapons.

Scott out on bond, but that comes with restrictions.

"He is wearing an ankle bracelet; he is not allowed to drive; he's not allowed to have any weapons or firearms at all," said his attorney John Boucher.

Investigators believe the incident started when Scott cut off two motorcycles merging onto Washington Pike, the pair then began following him. The Knox County Sheriff's Office says at some point Scott tried backing up and knocked over one of the motorcycles.

The motorcyclists, along with a witness, followed Scott to his home to get his tag and license plate. Things clearly escalated and one of the bikers, Tyler Lakin, was shot three times in the back and once in the wrist.

"Mr. Scott was just trying to get home. Immediately when he got into the house, he told his wife to call 911," added Boucher.

His attorney told 6 News that Scott felt threatened during the entire incident, claiming the motorcyclists at one point were banging on the windows of his car and trying to speak to him.

How did things intensify to a shooting? Why did Scott come back outside? Boucher says the answers to those questions are unclear.

"How does a person respond to their own personal fear for their own safety? How do they respond fearing for the safety of your 70-year-old wife who is inside your home," asked Boucher.

Scott is essentially on house arrest, only able to leave for court, medical appointments and religious services.

"It's a shame that this happened all around. It's been traumatic for everyone. But we're here and now we've got to deal with it," said Boucher.

Scott was involved in another road rage incident in 2002 near Mall Road and Millertown Pike. According to a Knoxville police report, a woman says Scott yelled at her, slapped her car, and then tried grabbing her 16-year-old son's hat. In this case, Scott was granted judicial diversion.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says currently both motorcyclists are not facing any charges in connection with Monday's incident.

The rider wounded in the shooting, Tyler Lakin, 23, is still recovering at UT Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.

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