A western-like heist came to an unexpected conclusion for a Florida robber who picked the wrong Uber driver to mug. The victim was carrying a firearm and was able to protect both himself, as well as the passenger when the perpetrator got off from his vehicle with two guns in his hand.
While transporting a customer to his destination, an Uber driver was cut off by an unidentified individual on an access road, near Lehman Causeway in Aventura, Florida on Sunday morning, December 18th.
Even though the company prohibits both its customers, as well as its drivers from carrying firearms inside the vehicles, the law enforcement officers relate to the victim, saying that there have been a lot of shootings going down recently in South Florida. Hence, in the eyes of the law, the Uber driver had a right to protect himself under these circumstances.
Margo Stashauer witnessed a part of the incident.
“You have to be very careful no matter where you are in any neighborhood”, Ms. Stashauer told the reporters.
Even though, in her perception, the neighborhood in which the incident took place is considered safe with the Aventura police department “right up the block”, multiple shootings took place in the last month in the area, resulting in casualties and in some cases even deaths.
The Uber driver’s identity remains undisclosed, as the police officials have launched an investigation into the matter. However, according to the law enforcement officer’s findings up until now, the Uber driver picked up a passenger several blocks away from the causeway and was heading to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. An unknown individual cut off the driver while he was trying to turn onto a westbound road alongside the causeway. The attacker got off a Dodge Caravan and was carrying two handguns, heading straight for the Uber driver and the passenger.
Moments later, the driver pulled out his weapon and shot the assailant four times, killing him on the scene. The driver of the Dodge Caravan then drove away. According to the police, a suspect has been identified matching the description of the attacker’s accomplice. As far as the Uber driver is concerned, the law enforcement officers won’t file charges against him based on the evidence and witnesses’ accounts that state the man was simply acting in self-defense, protecting himself, as well as the passenger, and the car.
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