Deputies: Fatal shooting justified by self defense after road rage incident in Manatee County

Updated: Apr. 20, 2019 at 6:43 PM EDT
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SARASOTA (WWSB) - Deputies say they’ve determined a fatal shooting has been justified as self defense after a road rage incident closed Buckeye Road from Carter Road to U.S. 301 in Parrish Saturday night.

Names of the two male drivers involved in this incident have not been released as both victims and their families are requesting privacy as Marsy’s Law.

Around 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, deputies say Driver 1, a 32-year-old white male, was traveling eastbound on Buckeye Road near U.S. 301 while Driver 2, a 26-year-old white male, was traveling westbound. Deputies say Driver 1 was swerving in and out of his lane, eventually running Driver 2 off the road.

Driver 1 pulled over and Driver 2 circled his car back around, pulling up beside the vehicle and exchanging words with the driver. Deputies say Driver 1 walked up to the passenger side window of Driver 2′s vehicle, leaning inside.

Driver 2 told Driver 1 to back away and armed himself with a pistol. Driver 1 pulled out his own weapon and leveled it at Driver 2. That’s when deputies say Driver 2 fired, killing Driver 1.

Driver 2 then called 911 and awaited deputies arrival. Driver 1 was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies investigated this as a road rage incident and determined the fatal shooting was a justifiable act of self-defense. Deputies say evidence collected at the scene indicates the shooter was a victim of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon prior to the shooting.

No further information is available.

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