Oregon father-of-two, 45, is shot by BMW driver in road rage incident
An Oregon father-of-two was fatally shot by a BMW driver as he was returning from the beach after he accidentally splashed windshield wiper fluid on the killer’s car.
Dennis Anderson, 45, a father of two teenage girls and a stepson, was in Lincoln City last week with his 18-year-old partner, Brandy Goldsbury, when they were targeted by an unidentified man driving a Black BMW 3 Series, The Oregonian reported.
Goldsbury, 46, said the BMW was trying to pass them when Anderson sprayed wiper fluid on her windshield, some of which she said could have fallen onto the other car, infuriating the driver.
The Series 3 passed them without a problem, they believed.
But soon after, the couple spotted the car parked on the side of the road – and were horrified to see if it started chasing them as they drove past.
Goldsbury said the sports car driver chased them along Highway 18 and began firing shots, eventually hitting Anderson.
‘The last thing that [Dennis] said was, “Oh my god, they shot me,” Goldsbury said. “By the time I got to him, blood was coming out of his mouth.”
Now Goldsbury is asking for help in locating her partner’s killer, while loved ones have set up a GoFundMe page to help support the grieving family.
Dennis Anderson, 45 (right) was shot and killed along Highway 18 in Oregon by a BMW driver whose car was allegedly hit by windshield wiper fluid from Anderson’s vehicle. Pictured: Anderson enjoys a day out with one of his teenage daughters
The black BMW 3 Series car (pictured) is said to have chased Anderson and his partner, Brandy Goldsbury, along the motorway and tried to push them off the road
Goldsbury said the unidentified driver of the BMW (pictured) shot Anderson with what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon before driving off
Police are still investigating the shooting and are looking for the man who killed the
Recalling the incident, Goldsbury told The Oregonian she was surprised when she and Anderson ran into the angry BMW driver again while on the freeway.
She said they had just arrived at a rest stop on their way back to Tigard when they found the BMW parked on the side of the road.
“We passed by and then he passed behind us,” Goldsbury told the local outlet. “And then when the lanes started to merge into one again, the car started rolling very close to us, almost like it was going to hit us.”
“And then he would pull into oncoming traffic and kind of swerve towards us, like trying to push us to the side of the forest.”
Goldsbury said she was able to call 911 and flag other drivers for help after the suspect shot Anderson and fled.
She said a Good Samaritan pulled over and helped perform CPR on Anderson until paramedics arrived, but the victim was reported dead at the scene.
Police are still investigating the shooting and described the suspect as a short, 25-year-old man with medium skin tone and short black hair.
Goldsbury said her daughters mean the world to Anderson, who recently quit a pharmacy job to deliver pizzas part-time to spend more time with her kids.
Anderson (left) was described as a kind and loving father not only to his daughters, but also to his adult stepson, whom Goldsbury said Anderson was happy to take under his wing.
Pictured: Anderson (left) with his father, David, who often fished together whenever he returned to his native Massachusetts
Relatives have set up a GoFundMe page to help support the grieving family after the murder
Mourning the loss of his partner, Goldsbury, a medical assistant at Oregon Health & Science University, described Anderson as a kind and caring father who also took his son from a previous marriage under his wing.
“He’s one of those cheeky dads,” Goldsbury told The Oregonian. “They would ask something absolutely outrageous, and he would say ‘no’, and then I would turn around and he would do it, making it happen for them.”
Goldsbury said her daughters mean the world to Anderson, who recently quit a pharmacy job to deliver pizzas part-time to spend more time with her children.
The family’s dream was to buy a house in Lincoln City, the home of Anderson’s favorite hamburger restaurant.
Originally from Massachusetts, Anderson fell in love with Oregon while crossing the country to meet Goldsbury after logging onto an online chat room.
Although she panicked at his sudden and surprising feat, telling him to go home, she said she quickly reconsidered.
“And then he came back, then he never left,” Goldsbury said.
Goldsbury and police have called on the public to help find the person behind the senseless murder.
“They need to realize what they did and how they impacted not only me and my family, but also our community,” Goldsbury told KGW 8.