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Hernando sheriff: Teen shoots at car during road rage incident, leads deputies on chase

A 19-year-old was arrested and refused to speak with deputies about the shooting, the sheriff's office explains.

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 19-year-old accused of shooting toward people during a road rage incident. Deputies originally said the shooting happened following a crash. 

In an update Tuesday morning, the agency explains an investigation revealed Andrew Martin, who was riding a motorcycle, shot at a car with two people inside. 

The agency explains the incident started when a motorcycle, driven by Martin, passed a car in a "reckless manner." After a brief exchange between the two drivers, the teen reportedly got off the bike and began punching the hood of the car.

And he didn't stop there, deputies explain. Martin allegedly started to "head-butt" the car with his helmet on – eventually even breaking a side-view mirror.

An argument started after the driver got out of the car in which both of them said they have a gun, according to the sheriff's office. The driver reportedly pulled out his gun first "being in fear for his life due to the ongoing irrational behavior of [Martin]."

This caused the 19-year-old to retreat before pulling out his gun which he eventually shot around five times at the car while driving away on his motorcycle.

Deputies just so happened to be in the area during the shooting and arrived at the scene where they saw Martin driving away. He wouldn't stop which led law enforcement on a chase.

Deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol, with a sheriff's office helicopter flying overhead, caught the teen driving his motorcycle into a garage on Arcadia Avenue in Spring Hill.

He was arrested as he left the home and refused to speak with deputies about the incident, according to the agency.

Martin was taken to the Hernando County Detention Center and is facing the following charges:

  • Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon (2 counts)
  • Weapon Offense/Missile Into Dwelling Vehicle Building or Aircraft
  • Firing a Weapon in Public/Residential Property
  • Fleeing/Eluding

His bond is set at $45,000.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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