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Man faces attempted murder charge after road rage incident in Deerfield Beach, BSO says

Broward’s top cop was in area and was first on the scene

A man is in custody after a road rage shooting in Deerfield Beach on Friday.
A man is in custody after a road rage shooting in Deerfield Beach on Friday.

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – One person is in custody after what Broward Sheriff’s Office investigators said resulted from an afternoon road rage incident.

The man, identified as 26-year-old Antonio Chestnut, will face an attempted murder charge, according to BSO.

A white pickup truck was shot up Friday afternoon next to the Deerfield Beach Pier, putting families in danger. Broward’s top cop just happened to be in the area soon after the incident happened.

Bullet holes in windshield of pickup truck. (WPLG)

Sky 10 was above the area of A1A and East Hillsboro Boulevard shortly after 1:30 p.m. as the pickup truck could be seen with multiple bullet holes in the windshield. Police were alerted to shots fire at 249 N.E. 21st Ave.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said he saw people running.

“I was actually somewhat off duty and driving by when I saw about 20-plus people running passed my vehicle, which is kind of an indicator. The call had not come out yet. It was just taking place. The first thing I was able to do was put on my tac vest, grab my rifle, and notify the district command on what was occurring.”

Tony said that officers arrived quickly and they were able to “box in the environment, track down the suspect and bring him into custody.”

According to investigators, one driver began arguing with another driver and then gunfire erupted. Witnesses said they saw one of the men go to his vehicle and get a gun and starting shooting at the truck.

During the altercation, Chestnut fired multiple rounds into the vehicle driven by the victim. Chestnut was arrested and faces a charge of attempted murder.

The driver of the white pickup had to be transported to the hospital after his face was cut by shattered glass, but there were no other injuries reported.


About the Authors:

Christian De La Rosa joined Local 10 News in April 2017 after spending time as a reporter and anchor in Atlanta, San Diego, Orlando and Panama City Beach.

Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.