Arrest made in deadly I-4 shooting - FOX 13 News

Arrest made in deadly I-4 shooting

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UPDATE: Investigators say the man shot and killed along Interstate 4 over the weekend was targeted in a case of mistaken identity. Deputies have arrested a suspect in the murder.

The sheriff's office said 48-year-old Jerome Hayes is in custody.

He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Fred Turner Jr.

Colonel Donna Lusczynski said the shooting was not a road rage incident. She said Hayes mistook Turner for someone who had gotten in a fight with one of Hayes' friends.

Hayes is being held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bond.



Deputies have arrested someone in connection with this weekend's deadly shooting on I-4.

The sheriff's office said Monday it will release details on the arrest at a 3:30 p.m. press conference. Deputies would not provide any more details on who is accused of shooting and killing Fred Turner Jr.

They only said they have made an arrest in connection with the case.

The Orlando man and another driver crossed paths Saturday at a store near the corner of North 50th Street and East Columbus Drive.

"We know that at one point in time this person did pull up beside him and showed him a handgun," Gee said.

That's when Turner called police and told them the other driver had been following him since he left the store, which detectives wouldn't identify.

When that dispute came to a head in the eastbound lanes of I-4 near I-75 just after 3 p.m., a 911 operator was listening.

"During the time he was on the call with the Highway Patrol they actually heard the shooting, there was a series of shots," Gee said.

Turner pulled over to the side of the interstate where he died, while the gunman got away. Deputies were looking for the gunman the last two days.

Prior to Monday, deputies had said they believed the person may have been traveling in a gray Ford Taurus with tinted windows.

Investigators hadn't ruled out some sort of road rage, but that remains unclear.

Stay with FOX 13 for updates from today's press conference.

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