TAMPA, Fla. - The victim of a road rage incident that led to a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy pointing a gun at him is speaking out.
The victim, Arthur Langley, says he was just trying to drive to work when the road rage incident started.
He counts himself lucky to still be alive.
“I opened the door, and I stood up like this to keep the door in between me and him,” Langley said, demonstrating his position when he was approached by an off-duty deputy Tuesday.
The confrontation happened on a Seffner dead-end road.
Langley and detention deputy Reginald Migues became involved in a road rage incident that started when Langley said Migues pulled his pick-up truck in front of his vehicle.
When Langley tried to pass Migues, he says Migues sped up to prevent him.
“He literally tried to run me head-on into an oncoming vehicle,” Langley said.
Langley said he followed Migues to get his license plate number, at which point Migues pulled a gun on him.
“As he reached, he cocked it and put it to my face,” said Langley, who said Migues’ wife stepped in and pushed down his weapon.
Langley called a news conference Thursday at his lawyer's office, saying he was upset about a slow response time to the incident.
It took deputies 18 minutes to arrive after Langley first called 911.
Langley also complained that Migues was not handcuffed or taken into custody for several hours while internal affairs investigated.
“Everybody was at risk that day of having harm done to them with the rage this guy had,” Langley said.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says everything was done completely by the book.
“The guy went to jail and he was charged with a very serious offense," said sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon. "He's been terminated. We don't condone that behavior. We don't know why he acted that way."
Migues had no disciplinary history during 11 years as a sheriff's deputy or as a Florida Department of Corrections officer before that.
“Anybody can change in the blink of an eye, and that's what he's done,” said Langley.
Langley says he'll do all he can to make sure the former deputy is convicted.
“I want justice to happen. I don't want nobody else to go through what I went through,” said Langley.
Migues was released within hours of his arrest after posting just a $2,000 bond.
Langley and his attorney say that wasn't nearly enough, given the nature of the crime.