BOCA RATON, Fla. - A case of road rage near the Boca Raton Town Center Mall quickly lead to gunfire earlier this month. An off-duty Homeland Security Federal Protective Services officer is suspected of pulling his gun on another driver and firing one shot.
"There's no reason to do that. Not for an off-duty police officer, a federal officer or a civilian," said former New York State Patrol Captain Robert Buchholz.
Buchholz says the Department of Homeland Security is likely conducting its own internal investigation.
Homeland Security officer Angel Echeverria, 35, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and shooting into an occupied vehicle. There were three people in the car, including a toddler.
It all allegedly started when the driver in a red Toyota cut Echevarria off. The police report says Echevarria had no reason to follow the driver and confront him minutes later inside the mall parking lot.
The incident could cost Echevarria his job.
"If they find out he was negligent, careless or reckless, it could result in his termination," said Buchholz.
Echevarria doesn't have a criminal history in South Florida. Requests to the Department of Homeland Security, for comment were unanswered.