According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel this Monday, a Florida motorist accidentally shot himself while brandishing a weapon during a road rage incident.
“He was taken to local hospital where he has declined to prosecute and no longer wishes to speak with investigators,” sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson wrote in a statement.
There are still few details, but the wounded motorist, 36 year-old Richard Coles, told Orlando police another motorist brandished a gun over an incident that wasn’t embellished upon. Feeling threatened, Coles went for his weapon when it accidentally discharged and struck him in the leg.
There were no witnesses to the altercation.
According to the Orlando Sentinel:
[box type=”shadow”]Road rage incidents resulting in injuries remain relatively uncommon with 13 reported last year by the Orlando Sentinel in Central Florida.
Each, however, is a potentially deadly confrontation at high speeds on highways and local roads including one case in 2013 when a driver brandished a BB gun after being cut off outside the entrance to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. In many cases, state law allows Florida motorists to carry [loaded handguns] in their vehicles which can contribute to the deadliness of the confrontations.[/box]
Watch a local report on the story below: