Florida authorities say that a truck driver shot another man who he believed was breaking into his truck when the man was actually urinating.
The incident occurred around 3:20 a.m. on Sunday in Wildwood, Florida.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office says that they were called to a TA truck stop location by both the man who was shot and truck driver James Simmons.
Following an investigation, Simmons was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated battery.
Police said that the confrontation began after the victim parked a Ford pickup truck with a trailer attached next to Simmons’ Freightliner.
Simmons reportedly initially believed that the Ford driver was attempting to break into his truck, but police say that Simmons didn’t retreat after he learned that the man was only urinating.
From the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office report:
Also, the defendant admitted knowledge of the victim holding a flashlight and did not retreat or disengage from the confrontation once no threat was imminent, but rather waited until the victim was at the back of his truck (with the truck and trailer still between them) to shoot him, stating he thought the victim would be able to attack him and take his gun
The condition of the man who was shot is unknown.