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Uber driver shoots customer in self-defense after attack: Sheriff

Uber driver shoots customer in self-defense after attack: Sheriff. (Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities say an Uber driver shot a customer after the man threatened to kill him and punched him.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested 42-year-old Geoffrey Ruscher Thursday night for assaulting the driver.

Deputies say the Uber driver stopped along North Lockwood Ridge Road, just west of I-75, around 8:30 p.m. and told Ruscher to get out of the car after he began acting "belligerent."

According to the incident report, Ruscher got out of the car and walked away but came back making threats and walking towards the driver in an aggressive manner.

The victim pulled out a gun and tried to push Ruscher away several times, according to deputies. Ruscher punched the driver in the face and told him, "I will kill you."

Deputies say the driver shot one round into Ruscher's leg and immediately called 911.

Witnesses told deputies Ruscher was the aggressor, and detectives say the victim was in fear of his life.

After being treated at an area hospital, deputies took Ruscher to the Sarasota County Jail. He is charged with simple assault and battery.

Deputies say the Uber driver was lawfully carrying his firearm and will not be charged.

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