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'Get out of my car': Lyft driver who pointed gun at riders charged

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 16:28:00-04

A Lyft driver who pulled out a gun on his customers Friday night has been charged.

Paul B. Lawrence was driving Lyft in Elm Grove when he stopped to pick up two riders outside of Silver Spur on Watertown Plank Road.

The riders, Brandon Ndon and Benjamin Reynolds, stated that after altercations Lawrence asked them to exit the vehicle, and upon doing so, Ndon believed the driver attempted to run him over.

At this point, Ndon approached the vehicle and yelled at Lawrence. saying, "You almost just hit me, mother f*****."

Reynolds told police he did not believe that Lawrence attempted to run over Ndon, but was just trying to drive away, according to the criminal complaint.

Lawrence then pulled out a black handgun. pointed it at the men and then drove away.

He is charged with one count of pointing a firearm at another for which he faces fines up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment up to nine months.

Lawrence told police he does have a valid Wisconsin Conceal Carry Permit and owns multiple firearms, but did not admit to carrying a firearm Friday night "because Lyft does not authorize its drivers to carry firearms while driving," according to the criminal complaint.