MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A man who fired shots at a Florida Highway Patrol trooper during a chase in Ocala has been taken into custody, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Ocala police said the incident initially began on Thursday when a man identified as David James went into a boutique on Silver Springs Boulevard around 3 p.m. and held the business owner at gunpoint and demanded cash.
The victim handed over money but was able to escape and run to his vehicle to get his gun, records show.
The business owner chased after James, firing multiple shots at him.
Authorities said a witness told a trooper that James had gotten into a silver Nissan sedan, so the trooper got into his patrol car and began chasing after the car.
It was during the pursuit that someone in the passenger’s seat of the sedan, later identified as 20-year-old Fashawn Micquiel King, began firing shots toward the patrol vehicle, according to police.
The trooper was not injured.
The two men were able to get away at the time but authorities said James was arrested early Friday morning during a traffic stop in Gainesville.
King was arrested Saturday on charges of attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm while engaged in a criminal offense and discharging a firearm in public from a vehicle.
James is facing charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding and principle to attempted murder. He’s also expected to face charges in connection with the incident at the boutique.