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Old December 23, 2012, 07:57 AM   #28
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Be careful on the road: here's a case in point and a true story. Here in Reno Nev. during the Clinton administration, a Federal agent with a history of being involved in road rage incidents had an incident that turned out to be his last.

Unknown to him, the "other guy" was a down and outer, had broken up with his girlfriend, and was in the process of leaving town on 395 S. bound N. of Reno. Tony, the agent, followed the individual who went E. on I80 and took an exit at the Nugget. The agent's car bumped into him at the stop sign. The agent, got out of his car and was in the process of calling in the accident on his cell phone when the occupant of the car came up and shot him with a .22 cal. handgun. The assailant then took the agent's .40 cal pistol and shot him to death. Then he took his own life. All this witnessed by bystanders from the overpass above.

When one relative was notified of Tony's death, he replied "Tony ran into the wrong guy this time, didn't he?"
Here's another one. Guy probably wouldn't have had as much of a problem if he had reported the shooting.

Federal agent charged at elderly man as he was shot, expert says
November 2, 2012|By Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel
The federal agent who was killed in a confrontation with a dialysis patient following a road rage incident in Pembroke Pines four years ago may have been running toward the shooter at the time he was struck down, Broward County's former chief medical examiner testified Friday.

Donald Pettit, 52, was shot in the head in a manner consistent with the idea of him running toward James Patrick Wonder, then 65, in the parking lot of a Pembroke Pines post office on Aug. 5, 2008, said Dr. Ronald Wright, a forensic pathologist hired by the defense to bolster Wonder's claim of self-defense.

But under cross examination from prosecutor Chuck Morton, Wright conceded that the trajectory of the bullet might also be consistent with Pettit seeing the gun and trying to turn away from a deadly attack.

Wonder is trying to get a manslaughter charge tossed before trial on the basis of Florida's Stand Your Ground law, which permits the use of deadly force in situations where a reasonable person would be in fear of death or serious bodily injury.

Wright was one of two witnesses who testified Friday. The first, Karen Samra, is director of nursing at the two dialysis centers Wonder visited the day of and the day after the shooting. She told defense lawyer Frank Maister that Wonder's condition included a surgically placed and highly vulnerable "fistula" on his arm that helps the dialysis process but must be handled delicately at all times.

An aggressive grabbing of his arm could have burst the fibula and killed Wonder in short order. Maister and his co-counsel, Michael Entin, are likely to argue next week that Wonder was protecting himself from the possibility of a fatal injury that might not have proved fatal to the average person.

Samra also said that Wonder's blood pressure and heart rate were too high on the day of the shooting to allow for dialysis treatment, which is why he visited a center in Davie the very next day for another appointment.

She told prosecutor Michelle Boutros that Wonder complained on the day of the shooting that he had almost been killed when another driver ran a red light.

Wonder is expected to testify before Broward Circuit Judge Bernard Bober on Monday.
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