Arrest made in Tampa interstate shooting case

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of man driving on Interstate 4, and authorities said Monday it was a case of mistaken identity.

Investigators arrested 48-year-old Jerome Edward Hayes of St. Cloud, who according to his lawyer, turned himself in voluntarily on Monday morning.

A gun belonging to Hayes has also reportedly been confiscated, but his lawyer is not sure if it is the one used in the shooting.

During a press conference Monday afternoon, Colonel Donna Lusczynski clarified that this incident did not stem from road rage, but rather a case of mistaken identity, "and being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

On Saturday, 47-year-old Fred William Turner, Jr. called 911 to report someone was following him in the area of 50th and Columbus.

Colonel Lusczynski explained the shooter had just left the Tampa Gold Club-"Tampa's Premier Topless Gentlemen's Club"- and was following the victim, who had just left the neighboring Tres Equis Adult Theatre, Store and Arcade.

While on the phone with dispatchers, Turner said he was getting on the interstate heading toward Orlando, and the car following him pulled up beside him, and someone inside displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon. Turner also told police he had done nothing to cause someone to follow him.

Turner was shot while on the phone with 911 dispatchers.  He pulled his car over and died at the scene.