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Man accused of shooting at vehicles on I-75

Miguel Espinoza Navarro also allegedly fled deputies, wrecked car 3 times

Lights atop a police cruiser flash at the scene of a crime in this undated file image.
Lights atop a police cruiser flash at the scene of a crime in this undated file image. (KPRC/File)

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. – A man was arrested Saturday evening after allegedly firing gunshots on Interstate 75 north near mile marker 309 and then fleeing from deputies, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Miguel Espinoza Navarro, 41, was allegedly waving his gun and shooting at vehicles from a black Ford truck before rear-ending a vehicle, deputies said.

All in all, three vehicles were shot, records show. The victims described having to duck down in order to avoid bullets and added that they didn’t know why Navarro opened fire, according to the affidavit.

Navarro continued driving and then had a standoff with deputies after wrecking his vehicle a second time near mile marker 317, deputies said.

After fleeing in his car again, Navarro wrecked his car for a third time and fled on foot, deputies said.

Navarro was eventually hit with a Taser and taken into custody, deputies said.

No people or deputies were injured during the ordeal although one deputy was kicked and Navarro also reportedly pointed his gun at multiple law enforcement officers before throwing the firearm across his vehicle, records show.

Body-worn camera video captured Navarro’s arrest and can be viewed below.

I-75 shooting incident-Video synopsis of deputies taking Miguel Espinoza Navarro into custody. The investigation is still on-going.

Posted by Sumter County Sheriff's Office-Florida on Monday, June 29, 2020

Navarro’s charges include shooting into an occupied vehicle, battery on a law enforcement officer, assault on a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, among others.