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Marcos Steven Lizarazu

Man accused of drawing gun in Upper Rogue driver dispute

An Eagle Point man faces felony weapons charges on accusations he drew a gun and threatened to shoot during a dispute with other drivers Tuesday in White City.

Marcos Steven Lizarazu, 37, was set to make his initial court appearance Wednesday on two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon after he allegedly drew a black 9-millimeter handgun during an apparent road rage incident Tuesday morning on Highway 62, then hid the weapon during a traffic stop, according to documents filed by Oregon State Police.

While headed westbound from Eagle Point to White City, Lizarazu allegedly engaged in an altercation with another vehicle over lane changes that escalated near the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics.

At a light, Lizarazu, in the right lane, allegedly rolled down his window when “words were exchanged” with a 60-year-old male driver and his 43-year-old female passenger, according to court documents. Lizarazu then pulled a handgun described as a black, semi-automatic pistol, pointed it at the two people and reportedly told them he would shoot them.

The couple called police.

When OSP troopers stopped Lizarazu at 11:46 a.m., he allegedly denied having a firearm, allegedly telling police he pointed his phone at the victims.

A search, however, yielded 9mm ammunition inside the center console and a handgun inside the trunk that fit witness descriptions of the weapon. The gun had a loaded magazine and a round in the chamber, according to police, and the court documents allege Lizarazu hid the weapon through a fold-down passenger seat.

Lizarazu remained lodged in the Jackson County Jail Wednesday on $32,500 bail.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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