NORTH PORT, Fla. - Charges have been filed against both drivers involved in an incident Tuesday in North Port, during which investigators say both men threatened each other with shotguns -- one of whom even pulled the trigger.
It all began Tuesday afternoon along U.S. 41 near River Road in Sarasota County.
An investigation by Sarasota County Sheriff's detectives determined that two vehicles stopped on the side of U.S 41 after some sort of driving confrontation. That's when they say 23-year-old Brandon Nelson of Rotonda West retrieved a pump action shotgun from the trunk of his Mercury and cycled the pump action while arguing with the other driver, 30-year-old Jason Aitchison of Ft. Myers.
Aitchison then reportedly retreated to his Geo and retrieved a pistol grip 20 gauge shotgun, and approached Nelson, who had placed his weapon back in his trunk and gotten back in the car. Aitchison pointed the shotgun at Nelson and tapped the glass of the driver side window with it.
That's when Nelson drove off, continuing southbound on U.S. 41, and Aitchison followed.
Near El Prado Boulevard in the Warm Mineral Springs area, Aitchison pulled alongside Nelson's car and fired his shotgun, striking the rear passenger window. The blast injured the faces and heads of Nelson and his 17-year-old passenger.
Nelson then called 911 and later stopped in the Lowes parking lot in North Port, while Aitchison turned around and fled. Six hours later, Aitchison surrendered to authorities.
Aitchison was arrested Thursday night and charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Shooting into a Vehicle and Discharging a Firearm in Public.
Nelson was arrested Friday evening and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.