Man arrested for pulling gun on young woman is identified as an Air Force sergeant who claims he has PTSD


By Michael Swaney

(Editor’s note: the video footage was provided by the victim who only chose to offer a limited portion of the incident that occurred.)

The man who was arrested after footage of him pointing a gun at a 19-year-old motorist during a road rage incident in Arizona has been identified as an Air Force sergeant.

The 40-year-old sergeant, identified as Charles Bass was arrested after allegedly being seen in footage threatening to kill a 19-year-old woman for her driving on December 5th.

“Do you want to f-ing die?” he can be seen asking the woman identified as Shi ’Anna Bamba.

Bamba told ABC15 the incident occurred after Bass was accused of cutting off his truck, which she denies, and she rolled up to a stop light alongside him.

After dropping off her siblings at school, Bamba said she tried to change lanes.

According to ABC15, court documents state Bamba cut off a truck, but she claims she never had a chance to change lanes.

“I didn’t make it,” said Bamba. “I didn’t even attempt to switch lanes yet,” she claimed.

After Bass pulled the gun on her, said she then contacted police and showed them the video.

Bass was taken into custody by the Surprise Police Department, US Marshals, and the Air Force authorities from Luke Air Force Base on December 15.

After being arrested he confessed to pointing a firearm at Bamba but blamed the incident on “PTSD.”

He said he raised the gun after he saw Bamba lower her window “because of his PTSD and hypervigilance issues.”

He claims he was not sure what her intentions were.

“There’s nothing I could say out of my mouth that could threaten you that much to have a finger on the trigger, and I was in the car by myself,” said Bamba.

The US Air Force told ABC15 that the incident is under investigation, but declined to offer any statement. 

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