A Florida man was arrested and sent to the hospital after attacking a Sarasota Uber driver who refused to be a victim.
Sarasota County Deputies swept into action on Thursday night, responding to a 911 call from an Uber driver who reported shooting an assailant in self defense.
The driver was reportedly driving 42-year-old Geoffrey C. Ruscher to a preset destination when the man became belligerent, resulting in the driver pulling over and asking Ruscher to exit the vehicle.
While Ruscher eventually complied, he returned and made threats towards the driver, approaching him in an aggressive manner.
Drawing his personal sidearm, the driver attempted to push the driver away but was struck in the head.
“In an act of self-defense, the victim pointed his firearm at Ruscher and again warned him to back up while also distancing himself. Ruscher refused to back down and continued to make threats to the victim’s life stating, ‘I will kill you,'” the arrest report states.
The driver was eventually forced to open fire, hitting Ruscher in the leg. With the threat dispatched, the driver called 911.
Witness statements and an investigation by detectives ultimately determined that the Uber driver -who had a valid concealed carry permit- was in fear for his life.
According to WPTV, Ruscher was cleared from the hospital and transported to the Sarasota County Jail. He is charged with Simple Assault and Battery, and is being held on $620 bond.
Uber has a strict no-firearms policy that applies to both drivers and riders, claiming it keeps customers safe.
“Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a safe and reliable ride,” the company’s website states in the policy section. “That’s why Uber prohibits riders and drivers from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using our app. Anyone who violates this policy may lose access to Uber.”
It is unknown if the driver was terminated as a driver. However, another Florida driver sued Uber earlier this summer after the company fired him for defending himself with a firearm last year.