Father Brandished Gun in Road Rage Incident with Son in the Backseat


October 12, 2022, 11:50 pm

ABQ RAW staff

POSTED 10/12/2022 @5:50PM

North Valley Albuquerque –

On October 11th, 2022, around 5PM during the start of rush hour, Bernalillo County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to the 9200 block of Eagle Ranch Road NW in reference to two vehicles that were involved in a road rage incident on westbound Paseo Del Norte.


According to a criminal complaint, the suspect, 27-year-old Walter Verner of Rio Rancho was driving in his vehicle when victims said Verner yelled at them, “What’s up, what’s up, what’s up?!” He proceeded to brandish a handgun and he pointed the handgun against his window towards the victims. The complaint goes on to say the victims followed Verner to a gas station while on the phone with 911. One victim thought that he and his wife were going to be killed. When deputies started investigating and questioning Verner, they observed his 3-year-old son in the back seat of the vehicle.

Verner was on pre-trial release for a violation of driving on a revoked license from a DWI case. Verner has a violent past, which includes charges of aggravated battery against household members, assault on police officers, and violating restraining orders. Those cases had either deferred sentencing or they were dismissed.


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