SARASOTA (AP) - Prosecutors are declining to charge a southwest Florida motorcyclist who shot another motorist during a road rage incident.
Assistant State Attorney Earl Varn wrote in a memo issued last week that the state wouldn't be able to convict 22-year-old Christian Gunter. The Herald-Tribune reports that Sarasota County deputies previously charged Gunter with aggravated battery with a firearm.
Gunter's attorney, Jeffrey Young, wrote that his client feared for his life when he shot and wounded 59-year-old Roger Atlas at a gas station last month. The defense attorney wrote that Atlas had been swerving into Gunter's lane of traffic, nearly striking him multiple times, before the confrontation at a gas station.
Varn's memo says video evidence contradicts statements Atlas made to investigators.
A telephone listing for Atlas couldn't be found.