A Tampa man is facing murder charges after Pasco County authorities say he was involved in a fatal road-rage incident last month.
According to investigators, on January 15 the 40-year-old man was driving his 2018 Honda CR-V near the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 in Land O’ Lakes when the soon-to-be victim’s 2005 Chevy Trailblazer nudged the suspect’s vehicle.
Per witnesses, the suspect exited his own vehicle and walked back to the vehicle behind his. The suspect says the victim’s vehicle drove or lunged at him as he stood in front of it, obliging him to produce a .380 pistol and fire at the driver.
However, witnesses say the suspect was never in the path of the second vehicle. Rather, they say he approached the driver’s-side window and drew his gun shortly thereafter, firing once into the vehicle. Investigators say the evidence confirms this account, showing that the shot entered the rolled-down window as the car was moving away from the suspect.
The single shot led to a mortal wound, as deputies say they discovered the victim’s vehicle with his lifeless body within it, declaring him deceased at the scene.
The suspect was arrested at his home in Tampa without incident on February 6. Initially booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, local reporting surmised that he would presently be transferred to the Pasco County Jail to face charges of second-degree murder.
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