At some point Dunbar pulled out his .32-caliber Beretta Tomcat handgun. (Dunbar says he pulled out his gun because Stautzenburger was trying to leave. Stautzenburger says he was trying to leave because Dunbar pulled out a gun.) As Stautzenburger's car started to move, Dunbar shot him.
According to his statement, Dunbar said that he pulled the trigger in order to stop Stautzenburger, but that he was not intending to kill him. He also stated that he was afraid Stautzenburger was going to run him over. However, investigators say in court documents that there was no way the car could have run him over while Dunbar was standing in the position he claimed to be.
Stautzenburger was shot in the neck. He was treated at a nearby hospital and released.