SPRING HILL, Fla. – A man has been arrested following a road rage incident that happened on Monday, leading to shots being fired.
According to investigators, on Monday, at approximately 12:40 p.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a Traffic Crash on Mariner Boulevard and Frontage Road.
As the deputy arrived on the scene of the Traffic Crash, a bystander approached to advise the deputy of a Road Rage incident that was occurring in a nearby parking lot.
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As the deputy began to walk toward the reported Road Rage incident, which involved two other parties, he saw (and heard) the male who was operating the motorcycle fire off rounds from a handgun. The male then fled the area, on the motorcycle, at a high rate of speed.
There were no injuries reported as a result of the shooting, deputies say.
The victim of the road rage incident, along with a family member, was driving on the frontage road behind the Ruby Tuesday restaurant when a motorcycle passed their vehicle in a reckless manner.
After a brief exchange between the two drivers, the driver got off the motorcycle, approached the victim’s vehicle, and began punching the hood, according to investigators.
Deputies say the man then began to “head-butt” the victim’s vehicle with a helmet on his head. During this confrontation, the driver of the motorcycle broke a side-view mirror, causing a laceration to his hand.
The victim then exited his vehicle, and the two adult males engaged in a verbal altercation. During the verbal altercation, both males stated to each other they were armed with a firearm.
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The victim, being in fear for his life due to the ongoing irrational behavior of the suspect, produced his firearm. Upon seeing the victim’s firearm, the suspect backed up.
When the suspect retreated, the victim holstered his weapon. Deputies verified the victim does, in fact hold a Florida Concealed Weapons license.
As the victim walked back to his vehicle, the family member (still inside the vehicle) observed the suspect brandishing a firearm.
The suspect then got back on the motorcycle and began to drive away. While driving away, the suspect fired his weapon at the victim’s vehicle, approximately five times.
The deputy at the Traffic Crash, just a few hundred feet away, heard the gunfire and proceeded to the area, where he located the motorcycle and the driver. When the deputy attempted to stop the motorcycle, the driver fled, leading deputies, the FHP, and the HCSO Aviation on a pursuit.
The driver of the motorcycle fled to 133 Arcadia Avenue in Spring Hill. He drove into an open garage and then shut the garage door, deputies say. After a brief standoff, the driver exited the residence and surrendered to deputies.
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The driver of the motorcycle, identified as Andrew James Martin, 19, was placed under arrest for Fleeing and Eluding.
Martin refused to speak with deputies about the incident.
Martin was transported to the Hernando County Detention Center and charged as follows:
– Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon (2 counts)
– Weapon Offense/Missile Into Dwelling Vehicle Building or Aircraft
– Firing a Weapon in Public/Residential Property
– Bond – $45,000.