Deadly road rage shooting was in self-defense, deputies say

Manatee County
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A fatal road rage shooting in Manatee County is being classified as an act of self-defense, authorities said. 

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said a driver was killed in a shooting on Buckeye Road near U.S. 301 at about 5:15 p.m. Saturday. 

Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells said the shooter told deputies he was traveling westbound on the roadway when a truck that was traveling in the opposite direction swerved into his lane and almost ran into him. Investigators said the shooter got off the road and turned around to get the other driver’s tag number, then the other driver circled back around and pulled beside the shooter.

Both drivers exchanged words, then the shooting victim got out of his truck and leaned into the other driver’s window, which was open. 

The shooter asked the other driver to back away and brandished a gun. Then the other driver pulled out a gun, which he leveled at the shooter. That’s when the shooter fired his gun and killed the other driver.

Evidence collected at the scene and information gathered indicates the shooter was a victim of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the sheriff’s office.

Names will be not released, as both are victims. The shooter and the victim’s family are requesting privacy under the Marsy’s law, authorities said

The investigation continues.

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