Oh, Florida Man, you never seem to learn.
A man shot at least 18 times at someone who had stolen his pickup truck early Monday from an apartment complex, the Winter Garden Police Department said.
The shooting happened shortly before 5:30 a.m. when a man heard someone stealing his vehicle, Winter Garden police Lt. Scott Allen said.
The man got into another vehicle and then chased the suspect to West Colonial Drive and Daniels Road, where the suspect rammed the stolen truck into the man’s vehicle, Allen said.
Investigators said the victim then shot at the thief 18 times, but it’s unlikely the suspect was struck.
“He’s advising he was in fear for his life when the vehicle rammed him, and he took the actions he took,” Allen said. “We’re looking into all aspects of the investigation.”
Instead of simply trailing the vehicle and relaying it’s location to police and allowing the authorities to do their jobs, Florida Man decided to cut off the stolen vehicle and try to stop the thief himself. The thief then rammed the stolen truck into the man’s vehicle, and the man retaliated by firing 18 times at the man in the stolen truck after the collision.
Despite at least nine of the 18 shots striking the driver’s side door and window of the vehicle, it does not appear that the suspect was hit. He fled the scene, and may have been involved in the theft of a special needs school’s bus which was dumped at the apartment complex where the original truck theft too place. There was a car theft in the area afterward which may be related to both the truck and bus thefts.
Police are conducting an investigation, and there is a strong possibility that the truck owner will face criminal charges after his vigilante pursuit and gun-emptying volley. His claim that, “I was in fear for my life,” does not appear to be very convincing to authorities.