Man who Shot Flare Felt Threatened

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A Pensacola man says he shot a flare at a vehicle being driven by a woman with her young daughter last week because he felt threatened.

Susan Langston called the police last week after an encounter she had with Gregory Pappas.

Langston told police that she and Pappas exchanged gestures while driving, but then Pappas got out of his car and fired a flare over her sport utility vehicle.

Pappas says Langston was driving erratically. He says the tint on her windows prevented him from seeing the woman and her child.

Langston just referred to the man's driving record.

The Pensacola News Journal reported last week that Pappas had 17 traffic citations over the past 20 years. But Pappas told the newspaper yesterday that he actually had 21 citations.

He was charged last week with aggravated assault and shooting a deadly missile. He later posted a 10-thousand-dollar bond.

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