A Tampa man is facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after an alleged road rage incident on Thursday.
Authorities allege that 29-year-old Ezekiel Henson was involved in an altercation with a group of motorcyclists on N Nebraska Avenue at around 6:30 P.M. Witnesses say a handful of motorcyclists were weaving in and out of traffic when, at 109th Avenue, Henson and one of the motorcyclists became involved in an argument. The motorcyclist, 33-year-old Carlos R. Rodriguez, subsequently turned and retreated to his motorcycle. Allegedly Henson shot Rodriguez at this point, then left the scene.
Rodriguez was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital to treat a gunshot wound in his lower back. Police say that his wound was not a threat to his life.
Officers of the Tampa Police Department caught up with Henson a short distance from the scene and arrested him at 6:50 P.M. Henson, a veteran of the Florida Department of Corrections, served two sentences for drug-related offenses over the past dozen years. He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail after his arrest, and subsequently posted a $7,500 surety bond and was released just before eight o’clock the next morning.