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‘Brake check’ leads to bullet holes in Sunnyvale road rage incident

A veteran Dallas firefighter says someone fired three to four shots at his car on Tripp Road in Sunnyvale.

A Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighter’s Honda sedan has two bullet holes in it after an alleged road rage incident Tuesday afternoon in Sunnyvale, and the sheriff’s department wants to find who’s responsible.

Tony Aguilar, a 25-year veteran firefighter, told Dallas County sheriff’s deputies he was driving on the 200 block of Tripp Road when he “brake checked” a maroon Lexus sedan that was allegedly speeding behind him.

"I was just trying to get him off of me," Aguilar said.

Aguilar then heard multiple gunshots – he says three to four – before the Lexus swerved onto the grass on the right side of the road and back to the left before passing him, according to a press release.

"I just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It could have all ended--it could have all ended in an instant," Aguilar said.

Aguilar told deputies a small black SUV may have also been involved in the road rage shooting. He wasn’t sure which car the gunshots came from. No suspect information was available.

Aguilar’s car was left with a bullet hole in the trunk lid and the right rear tire was flat, the release said. Sheriff’s deputies found two shell casings on the road in the wake of the incident.

A .40 caliber round was also found inside his tire, which was returned today.

"Not even two inches higher on the trunk and that could have hit the back of my head, so I'm very fortunate to be standing here," Aguilar said.

Sheriff’s deputies are asking residents and business owners in the area for any video footage that might show the suspects or the road rage incident. They’re looking for video recorded between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the 200 block of Tripp Road.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Dallas County sheriff at 214-749-8641.

Aguilar says he's now hitting the road more cautiously and hopes whoever pulled the trigger faces charges.

"These are individuals who are not afraid, and we need to get them off the streets," he said.