Deadly I-4 Shooting Was a Case of "Mistaken Identity"
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (AP) - The fatal shooting of a man driving on Interstate 4 was a case of mistaken identity following an altercation at a Tampa strip club, officials said Monday.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies said Jerome Hayes of St. Cloud turned himself in on Monday.
The 48-year-old has been charged in the shooting death of Orlando resident Fred William Turner Jr., who was shot and killed Saturday while on the phone with 911 dispatchers.
Turner reported that someone was following him while driving down the busy roadway after he left a store in the Tampa area.
Officials said Hayes got into a fight at the Gold Club, an establishment that bills itself as a "topless gentleman's club" on Saturday afternoon. Following that altercation, he was kicked out of the club.
At the same time, Turner walked out of Tres Equis, an adult store and video arcade that shared the property.
Hayes thought Turner was the man he had fought inside the Gold Club and took off after him, deputies said.
Turner told dispatchers said he didn't know why the car was following him and stayed on the phone with 911 operators until dispatchers reported hearing multiple gunshots.
Turner, who was 47, died at the scene.
Nicholas Matassini, Hayes' lawyer, said Hayes voluntarily turned over his gun and allowed police to search his car before his arrest. Police later obtained a warrant charging Hayes with first-degree murder.
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