A couple riding their bicycles reported on Saturday that another cyclist brought a gun into an argument over cycling etiquette.
According to a Cherokee Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy was dispatched to a report of an armed confrontation at the Blanket Creek Bike Trails off Sixes Road.
A couple told the deputy they were riding the trail when a man came riding from the opposite direction. The woman said she told the man he was going the wrong way, to which he reportedly replied “I know.” The woman said she cursed at the man.
When the couple returned to the parking lot after their ride the man who they said was riding the wrong way was also there. An argument started between the woman and the alleged wrong-way rider. The woman’s husband stepped in and told the other man he wasn’t “going to speak to my wife like that.”
The man who had argued with the woman got a pistol from his truck. He did not point the gun at anyone, or remove it from its holster. The man told the deputy he retrieved his gun because he feared being attacked by the woman’s husband.
There were no other witnesses to the incident. The deputy talked to the parties about how their actions had escalated the situation. In the end, the three cyclists apologized to each other, shook hands and left.