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Clark County

June 19, 2008

Jeffersonville ‘road rage’ shooter claims self-defense

The suspect in a shooting at 10th Street and Allison Lane on Tuesday is claiming self-defense, but some witnesses say the shooter overreacted.

In a 911 tape released by the Jeffersonville Police Department, Yolanda Parrish, a 39-year-old woman from Jeffersonville, admitted to shooting Wesley Mosier, a 52-year-old Corydon man.

“I have shot somebody up on 10th Street — I’m here in front of Thorntons,” she told the dispatcher. She then told the dispatcher that the man came toward her car and hit her.

Police say the shooting occurred due to road-rage between a motorcycle and SUV. Several witnesses claim Mosier was swerving in and out of traffic before stopping at the red light in front of Thorntons. Mosier got off his motorcycle and approached the SUV, according to police. Parrish then shot him in the chest with a .38-caliber revolver.

As of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Mosier was listed in serious condition at University Hospital in Louisville.

One witness, a 37-year-old woman from Charlestown, said in an interview with The Evening News and Tribune, that she thinks the woman overreacted and could have pulled into the parking lot at Thorntons rather than reach for her gun. She has spoken with police but asked that her name not be published.

The witness said the victim did not appear aggressive when he approached Parrish’s SUV.

“He seemed calm and everything,” she said. She said he walked toward the driver’s window, and she hit him with the door and then shot him through the window.

“She shouted, ‘Oh no you don’t’ and opened the car door to shove him out of the way,” the witness said.

Another witness, however, told police that Mosier had an angry look on his face.

At least two witnesses listed in the police report said that Parrish and her 15-year-old son got out of the vehicle and started shouting at the man on the ground.

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