Truck Driver and Veteran Charged After Road Rage Escalates into Gunfireby Jana Ritter - Published: 2/08/2017
A truck driver and a veteran were arrested Tuesday evening after a road rage incident escalated into both men bringing out their guns and firing shots. Fortunately, nobody was hurt but police say it went far beyond a regular case of road rage and both men ended up in jail facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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(Guy Gould) (Kevin Dezurik)
The incident occurred on Tuesday at approximately 6:30 pm in Bradford County, FL, on Highway 301. According to the Bradford County Sherriff’s Office, Kevin Dezurik, 45, was driving his semi-truck when a white SUV cut him off. The SUV was driven by 52-year-old Guy Gould who told police he is a 23-year military veteran with PTSD. Dezurik, a truck driver from Mississippi, caught up to the SUV and purposely got close behind it turning on his bright lights. Gould responded by waving a handgun out his window and Dezurik said he also heard two rounds fired in the air. Dezurik then responded to that by driving into the other lane, passing Gould and cutting him off, which sent Gould’s SUV into the median. Dezurik then decided to top things off by stopping his semi-truck and walking over to the SUV displaying his own hand gun. He then fired six rounds into the SUV as it drove off.
(Watch video captured on semi-truck dashcam)
Several motorists witnessed the incident and alerted police about a shooting in progress. Within minutes patrol units with the Starke Police Department stopped the semi on Highway 301 and detained Dezurik. At the same time, Bradford County deputies located the SUV on SE 144th AVE just east of Highway 301 and detained Gould and his wife who was riding with him. At that point Gould told police he was in the military for 23 years and suffers from PTSD. He said he could not remember pulling a gun on the semi-truck because PTSD causes him not to remember everything. However, he did remember when the semi-truck pushed his SUV into the median and he said he felt like he needed to get his wife out of the area. Gould's wife also gave her account to police and said she had been sleeping in the passenger seat when she was woken up by a couple of pops. At that point she said she noticed the semi-truck coming into their lane. She also said she did not notice if her husband had his gun in his hand, but she did notice the center console where the gun is kept, was removed.
Dezurik also gave police his account of the incident and immediately admitted to firing 6 rounds at the SUV. He said that his actions were in response to seeing Gould pointing a handgun at him and then hearing two shots being fired. He then said his intentions were to cut-off the SUV and hold them at gunpoint, but the SUV quickly drove off instead. He said at that point he reacted by firing two rounds into the side of the vehicle and four rounds into the rear as it drove off. Video from the semi’s dashboard camera captured Gould displaying his handgun out the window of his SUV. The SUV had multiple signs of gunshots being fired at it and has been impounded as evidence. Investigators saw reason to charge both men equally for their actions.
Bradford County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Bradford Smith says that while road-rage incidents are becoming more common, this one was more severe than usual.
“For them to escalate to the point where individuals are shooting firearms at each other is fairly rare. It’s a very scary thought that people were very close to being seriously hurt or even killed,” he said. He also warned, “Do not try to retaliate and do not try to do something to one-up the other person. Remove yourself from the situation before it escalates to the point where somebody could lose a life over it.”