Platte County authorities have charged a 22-year-old Wichita man in the Friday night fatal shooting that occurred during an apparent road rage altercation that happened on Interstate 29 and Missouri 152 in Kansas City, North.
Bobby T. Crumpton faces second-degree murder charges in the slaying of Clinton R. Alsobrook, 35, of Charlotte, Texas. The shooting came after the two drove north on I-29 and took the exit toward eastbound M-152.
Bond was set at $100,000.
“No one should lose their life because someone gets angry behind the wheel,” Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a written statement.
“If you’re the victim of a road rage incident, try to drive to a safe place. If you’re the instigator, this case is a tragic reminder of how quickly things can get out of control,” Zahnd said.
Officers found the SUV driven by Alsobrook in a grassy area off the shoulder of the highway and lodged on an embankment. The engine of the SUV was still running with the headlights and radio on. The front right passenger window was broken. Shards of glass were spotted near the center of the curved roadway on I-29. Multiple shell casings were found in the grass nearby.
The driver’s side door had numerous bullet holes. Officers found Alsobrook dead in the driver’s seat.
A passenger in the SUV was treated at a hospital with minor injuries.
Authorities said Alsobrook was not armed.
According to court records, Crumpton called police after he drove to a gas station in the 4400 block of Northwest Barry Road. Officers arrived and found a handgun on the console of the car driven by Crumpton.
After identifying himself, Crumpton told officers that he had called them after being involved in a shooting moments earlier on I-29.
“I don’t want to go to prison,” Crumpton allegedly told officers. “I did what I thought was right, that guy tried to run me over.”
He also told officers, “I do think I shot more than I had to.”
Crumpton said that Alsobrook was driving erratically as they both were eastbound on M-152. Alsobrook’s SUV struck Crumpton’s car as they exited southbound onto the I-29 exit ramp. Crumpton said Alsobrook ran off the roadway, court records stated.
Armed with a loaded handgun, Crumpton said he got out of his vehicle and walked toward Alsobrook. Crumpton said he heard Alsobrook yell at him, “I’m going to kill you.”
Crumpton said he felt Alsobrook’s SUV attempted to drive towards him and began shooting toward the engine block and the driver’s side view mirror. Crumpton said he opened fire to get the vehicle to stop coming toward him, according to court records.
Not knowing if Alsobrook was armed, Crumpton told investigators he shot at the SUV because he feared for his life. After the shooting, Crumpton said the SUV rolled further south in the grass, where it stopped.
Crumpton said he got back into his car and drove back onto the highway to the gas station where he called 911.
The wife of Alsobrook told later KSHB said she and her husband had been married for 13 years and had four children.
Samantha Alsobrook said her husband was working in Kansas City to support their family.
“I’m not mad, I’m sad. I’m sad for everybody,” Samantha Alsobrook told KSHB.
She also said, “I’m pretty sure that he has a family whether it’s children, wife or mom or dad or sisters or brothers whatever,” she said. “I know they are hurting just as bad as we are.”