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A Saturday evening road rage incident turned into a deadly shootout on Buckeye Road, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 5:15 p.m., a 26-year-old man was reportedly run off the road while traveling eastbound near 14000 Buckeye Road by a 32-year-old driver who was traveling westbound, swerving in and out of his lane, a news release said.
The 26-year-old pulled back around to the 32-year-old’s vehicle, which had been pulled over on the side of the road, according to a report. Deputies say the two men began arguing when the 26-year-old pulled out a pistol, pointed it and asked the man to back away from his vehicle.
The 32-year-old then brandished his own firearm. As he began to aim it, the 26-year-old fired his weapon, striking the 32-year-old. The sheriff’s office said the shooter then relocated to the east side of U.S. 301, called 911 and waited for the deputies to arrive.
The 32-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.
The incident is being investigated as a justifiable act of self defense, the sheriff’s office announced Sunday.
“Evidence collected at the scene and information gathered indicates the shooter was a victim of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon prior to the shooting,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.
Names of those involved will not been released under the protection of Florida’s Marsy’s Law.
The sheriff’s office first tweeted about the shooting around 6:20 p.m., indicating that it may have been a road rage incident.
An extended portion of Buckeye Road was closed from Carter Road to U.S. 301, according to the sheriff’s office.