Minnesota man charged with killing teen in clash over crash

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Posted: Jan 17, 2018 7:16 PM
Minnesota man charged with killing teen in clash over crash

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Minnesota man with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy in a confrontation over a traffic accident.

Twenty-five-year-old Alexander Weiss of Rochester was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder. Weiss is accused of shooting 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim at point-blank range Sunday. Weiss says he was acting in self-defense after Rahim confronted him following the collision.

A passenger in Rahim's car told police Rahim dared Weiss to shoot him after Weiss produced a handgun. Rochester police say the car driven by Rahim backed into Weiss' vehicle at an intersection and the two began arguing. Authorities say Weiss returned to his vehicle, retrieved his pistol and shot Rahim once in the chest.

The Post Bulletin reports an officer said in the complaint that Weiss' vehicle had a bumper sticker reading "Gun Control Means Hitting Your Target."

A phone message left for Weiss' attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday.