Criminal Charge Filed in Fatal Traffic Crash Confrontation
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) _ A man accused of fatally shooting a driver in a confrontation over a traffic crash in Rochester is charged with second-degree murder.
A criminal complaint filed against 25-year-old Alexander Weiss accuses him of shooting 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim at point blank range Sunday. Weiss says he was acting in self-defense after Rahim confronted him following the collision.
A passenger in Rahim's car told police Rahim dared Weiss to shoot him after Weiss produced a handgun. Rochester police say the car driven by Rahim backed into Weiss' vehicle at an intersection and the two began arguing. Authorities say Weiss returned to his vehicle, retrieved his pistol and shot Rahim once in the chest.
A conviction for second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.