Two men are behind bars for trying to run their cousin off the road near Lake Elsinore Thursday night.
Jeffrey Chapman, 20, and Guy Olsen, 50, were both arrested Friday for assault with a deadly weapon after each allegedly ramed their cousin with the trucks they were driving.
Shots were fired by the victim in self defense -- prompting 911 calls in the area -- but no one was injured.
The trouble began Thursday around 10 p.m. in the neighborhood of Tereticornis Avenue and 11th Street in unincorporated area just outside Lake Elsinore after a male victim went to a nearby home to help quell a family dispute.
“Fearing for his safety, and based on past violence with family members, the victim armed himself with a handgun prior to leaving,” the sergeant reported.
As the victim drove to the house, he saw a truck behind him being driven by his cousin, Chapman, the sergeant reported. The suspect was driving very fast and, “without making an attempt to stop, slammed his truck into the rear of the victim's vehicle at approximately 40 miles per hour,” the sergeant reported.
The victim saw a second truck, driven by Olsen, also his cousin, approaching “at a high rate of speed aiming directly for his vehicle,” the sergeant reported.
Olsen’s truck also slammed into the victim’s vehicle.
Fearing for his life, the victim fired three rounds then sped off in an attempt to get away, the sergeant reported.
The victim made it back to his house, where he was able to call 911.
After a search Thursday night and Friday, deputies found the two men and arrested them. In addition to the assault with a deadly weapon charge, Chapman was also nabbed on a parole violation.