Christian Wayne Smith, 23, of Festus has been charged with a felony for allegedly firing a shot from a pickup toward a man who had made a hand gesture at him during an altercation. The incident happened June 17 in the 700 block of Friedberg Drive South in Herculaneum, authorities reported.
No one was reported shot.
At about 8:45 p.m., a 38-year-old Herculaneum man reportedly was walking with his wife in the area around Friedberg Drive South and Camino Real Drive when Smith drove by them in a Ford pickup. The Herculaneum man said he called Smith a derogatory name and made the hand gesture because he revved the pickup loudly as he passed the couple, according to the probable-cause statement in the case.
The Herculaneum man said he walked up to the pickup when Smith stopped it, and then Smith allegedly pointed a black handgun at the victim. The Herculaneum man said as he walked away from the pickup, Smith allegedly “fired a shot from the truck” and then sped away from the area, according to the report.
After investigating the incident and interviewing witnesses, Herculaneum Police identified Smith as the suspect. Police located the pickup he had been driving during the incident and inside it allegedly found a .45-caliber Glock magazine with ammunition inside it, the report said.
Smith was arrested after he turned himself in at about 1:20 a.m. June 18, Herculaneum Police Chief Mark Tulgetske said.
The Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Smith the same day with one count of discharging/shooting a firearm at or from a motor vehicle at a person, motor vehicle or building, a class B felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Smith has been released on $25,000 surety bond.