The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men for their roles in a road rage incident Tuesday afternoon in North Port.
During the investigation, detectives learned that despite what was initially reported to law enforcement, the confrontation actually began over driving behavior near River Road and US 41. At that time both drivers stopped on the side of the road and Brandon Nelson, DOB 6/3/89, 360 Albatross Road, Rotonda West, walked around to the rear of his Mercury, retrieved a Mossberg Pump Action Shotgun and cycled the pump action while arguing with Jason Aitchison, DOB 5/6/83, 12658 Kenwood Lane #A, Ft. Myers.
Aitchison retreated to his Geo Tracker and armed himself with a short, pistol grip 20 gauge single shot shotgun and approached Nelson’s driver side window. Nelson put his vehicle in gear and fled the scene. Aitchison followed and as both vehicles approached El Prado Blvd., Aitchison fired a single birdshot round into the rear passenger side window of Nelson’s vehicle, injuring Nelson and his 17-year-old passenger.
Aitchison is charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Shooting into a Vehicle and Discharging a Firearm in Public. He was arrested last night and booked into the Sarasota County Jail where he is currently being held on $22,500 bond.
Nelson was arrested this evening and booked into the Sarasota County Jail charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.