A 25-year-old Mass. Bay Community college student appeared in court on Friday for allegedly pointing a gun at a driver on Thursday.
Ian Beagan, of Allston, is facing charges for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and possessing a firearm on school property, police said.
Beagan is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and suffers from a stress-related condition, according to Beagan’s attorney. His attorney said Beagan had previously received treatment.
Beagan said the incident happened when he tried to merge in front of another car but could not get in.
Beagan’s attorney said Beagan admits responsibility for the incident.
At around 11 a.m. on Thursday, a driver told an officer on Route 9 west another driver had just pointed a gun at him, according to police.
Police said the victim was driving west on Route 9 near Cedar Street when he spotted road work ahead. The victim slowed his car and suddenly Beagan’s car pulled next to the victim, police said.
According to police, Beagan honked his horn at the victim and made a profane gesture. Beagan then allegedly rolled his car window down, showed a handgun and then pointed it at the victim, police said.
The victim gave police a description and license plate number and quickly notified police.
Police quickly learned Beagan was a Mass. Bay student and scheduled to be in class.
Officers found Beagan’s car in the school’s lot and then found Beagan in a classroom.
Beagan told police he had been driving on Route 9 and had shown his gun while driving.
Officers found Beagan’s handgun in his car. Police say Beagan has a firearms license.
Beagan was released on personal recognizance on Friday and Beagan plans to go to a Veteran’s Administration hospital for an evaluation
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