I'd think that the point of contention is that Podany technically initiated the interaction... even though he did not introduce violence.
Nonetheless, unless there's more to the story, it's ridiculous that they're even considering charging him.
Even though, Mr. Podany initiated an interaction, it does not give the vehicle occupant reason for initiating violence. Just because you go up to someone and speak to them, does not make your right of self protection null and void.
If Mr. Podany rode up to them and said, "Hey guys, how's it going?". He would have initiated an interaction. It doesn't mean the vehicle occupant wouldn't have done the same thing with the same outcome.
I agree with you that there is more to the story and we will probably never know what actually transpired. The other occupant in the vehicle doesn't want charges placed on him, either. He may say Mr. Podany came up and opened the vehicle door and started smacking around his buddy, so his buddy started defending himself and then Mr. Podany shot him. It appears Mr. Podany will say he was just trying to get the driver to slow down when he was viciously attacked and fearing for his life, he had to react with deadly force. Who knows.
I'd tend to believe Mr. Podany's story. Although he looks like a pretty tough guy in the photo, he obviously did not have any felonies on his record. Otherwise he would not be allowed to have a permit to conceal carry. According to the article it was Mr. Podany that contacted police. Criminals usually are not the ones to call the police first. That's why it is so important to call the policeas soon as possibleif you have to draw your gun. Otherwise, some bystander may call you
in to 911 as someone "waving" a gun around. My $.02 (not busting your chops, just putting my thoughts in)