Woman spots man pointing rifle at cars driving down I-69

COLDWATER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Nancy McIntyre and her husband Ron were headed south on I-69 just north of Coldwater Tuesday afternoon when she caught a glimpse of something scary.

The Toledo, Ohio couple, who have a summer home at a campground near Mendon, were on an excursion at about 2:30 p.m.

Nancy likes to read overpass road signs as her husband drives. She had just glanced up to read the sign at Newton Road went something or someone on the west side of the overpass caught her eye.

“He was leaning over the concrete barrier with the rifle pointing right down at us,” she said. “I was scared.”

McIntyre only caught a quick glimpse of the man. It wasn’t enough to get a good description.

“Had to be short hair, because there was no long hair hanging over the railing. And he had like a dark blue shirt or something on,” McIntyre said. “I yelled for my husband and he took off faster and we stopped at the side of the road, so we called 911.”

Deputies were in the area and arrived in about one minute, according to Branch County Undersheriff Keith Eichler. But a search didn’t turn up anything or anyone. Eichler said investigators talked to potential witnesses in the area, but no one saw anything.

Nancy McIntyre is sure of what she saw.

“I’m positive, sir. Yes, sir,” she said.

Authorities are looking into whether McIntyre’s sighting may be connected to at least three cases in which vehicles on both I-69 and I-94 were struck by gunfire since Aug. 19. No one has been injured.

A task force made up of local, state and federal investigators has been working the cases, hoping to stop the shooting before tragedy strikes.

“We’re very blessed we wasn’t shot at,” McIntyre said. “We could have been dead.”

If you have any information, the Calhoun County Major Crimes Task Force wants to hear from you at 269.781.9700.

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