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Former Ohio State star Stillwagon charged in road rage shooting

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Jim Stillwagon, an All-American defensive lineman who played on Ohio State's 1968 national championship team, was charged on Monday with shooting a pickup truck driver during an extended incidence of road rage, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

Police told the Dispatch the road rage confrontation between the two parties lasted for at least 14 miles.

Stillwagon, 63, was riding a motorcycle and is accused of shooting at and assaulting a pickup truck driver Sunday afternoon near downtown Delaware, Ohio.

One of the shots grazed the driver, Richard Mattingly, 41, in the head. Mattingly was flown to a hospital and checked out Sunday night.

Stillwagon faces one count of felonious assault. He was released from jail Monday afternoon after a judge set bail at $350,000.

A lawyer for Stillwagon told the Dispatch that Stillwagon shot in self-defense.

"There was some type of conflict between the two where the truck potentially cut off the motorcycle or vice versa," Bruce Pijanowski, interim Delaware police chief, told the Dispatch. "And then neither one of them backed off."

The two followed one another for the next 14 miles, Pijanowski said.

Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien told the Dispatch that Stillwagon fired his .45-caliber Glock handgun at Mattingly's truck three times on an exit ramp, and Stillwagon then fired twice more.

O'Brien said Mattingly pulled into a parking lot, and Stillwagon tried to hit Mattingly with the gun. The gun fired, and a bullet grazed Mattingly's head.

Stillwagon, a middle guard for the Buckeyes, was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1971. He played defensive tackle for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League from 1971 to 1975.
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