Arrest made in fatal shooting of Orlando man on I-4 in Tampa

July 1, 2013 

A St. Cloud man has been arrested in the shooting death of Fred Turner Jr. on I-4 in Tampa on Saturday.

Investigators are calling it a case of mistaken identity.

Jerome Edward Hayes, 48, turned himself in Monday at the Hillsborough County Jail, his attorney said, and he was booked on a charge of first-degree murder.

“This is not a road rage incident. Unfortunately, it was a case of mistaken identity being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said HCSO Col. Donna Lazinski. “The victim was mistaken for an individual who was involved in an altercation with the suspect’s friend inside the Gold Club.”

Deputies say Turner was actually at another business that shares the property on Adamo Drive and was followed by the suspect to the interstate.

Attorney Nick Matassini Jr. said Hayes voluntarily turned in his gun and car, a silver Ford Taurus. Matassini said investigators had been to Hayes' home, but didn't make an arrest at that time.

Turner Jr., who was 47 and lived in Orlando, was fatally shot while he was on a cell phone telling a 911 dispatcher someone with a gun was pursuing him. Authorities closed I-4 near the I-75 interchange for several hours while they searched for clues.

Turner called 911 while he was in the area of North 50th Street and East Columbus Drive. He told the dispatcher he did not know or provoke the man who was following him.

He was still on his cellphone as he approached the I-75 overpass on I-4 when the dispatcher heard shots ring out.

Turner pulled his green Ford Mustang over near the overpass and died around 3 p.m.

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