Jerome Edward Hayes: Fred William Turner, Jr I-4 shooting suspect turns himself in, arrested

Cops: Case of mistaken identity

TAMPA - During a news conference Monday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced that 48-year-old Jerome Edward Hayes turned himself in around 11 a.m. Monday morning.

Hayes is charged with 1st Degree Murder for the death of 47-year-old Fred William Turner, Jr. of Orlando.  He is being held at the Orient Road Jail with no bond.

According to a sheriff's spokeswoman, the shooting was a case of mistaken identity, not road rage as investigators first thought.

Turner was shot while he was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher.  He told the operator that he was being followed and had done nothing to provoke the situation.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies said Turner made the call to 911 around 3 p.m. Saturday after he left a business near the intersection of North 50th Street and East Columbus Drive.

"While on the phone, the caller stated that the vehicle following him had earlier pulled up next to his vehicle and someone displayed what appeared to be a semiautomatic weapon to him," Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

Turner told dispatchers he was getting onto I-4 and heading to the Orlando area. He said he was still being pursued and was concerned before the shooting occurred.

The spokeswoman said that Hayes had been at "Gold Club" on Adamo Dr.  There was an altercation, which forced personnel to kick him out of the club.  According to the spokeswoman, Hayes got into his car and started to follow Turner, thinking it was the man he had just had the altercation with inside the club.

Turner was on the phone with 911 when dispatchers heard multiple shots.

"The caller stated that he had done nothing to cause someone to follow him," Carter said.

After being shot three times in the upper body, Turner pulled to the side of Interstate 4 where he died.  Hayes drove away from the scene.

Turner was a former Clearwater resident who worked in the Orlando area.

Detectives have been in contact with the intended target.


 

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