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Sebring, Florida - A former Hillsborough County sheriff's detective will likely avoid jail time following a road rage incident back on February 15.

Cell phone video taken by a witness shows Thomas Pettis pulling a gun on a man whom he had just rear-ended on Interstate 4 near Exit 31.

"When I got up and turned around, I saw a gun being pointed at me," said Evan Rees. "Am I going to die today?"

After the accident, the two got into an argument, which turned physical and both men ended up in the grassy median.

At some point, Pettis pulled out a gun and pointed it at Rees while bystanders tried to pull both men off each other.

"The video clearly shows he walked toward me with the gun," Rees said.

Pettis holsters his weapon after getting up off the ground and identifies himself as a deputy, but goes after Rees again.

"He comes through the crowd and sucker punches me basically," Rees said.

Facing battery and felony aggravated assault with a firearm charges, Pettis claimed he pulled the weapon in self-defense and the state attorney's office agreed.

LINK:Letter from State Attorney's Office to the Hillsborough Co. Sheriff's Office regarding Pettis

On Monday, they announced that after reviewing the case, Pettis would only have to attend a misdemeanor intervention program, which likely means he'll avoid jail time.

Rees thinks that Pettis, who later resigned from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, got special treatment because he was the detective in several cases. He now wants an independent investigation into whether the state attorney's office acted appropriately in reducing Pettis' charges and he has not ruled out a civil case.

10 News reached out to Pettis by phone and we're still waiting to hear back.

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