An Ocala man accused of shooting at a Florida Highway Patrol trooper following an armed robbery in Ocala last week is behind bars.
Fashawn Micquiel King, 20, is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm while engaged in a criminal offense and discharging a firearm in public from a vehicle. He has been in the Marion County Jail since Sunday when he was arrested by Ocala Police officers on an outstanding warrant for robbery with a firearm, jail records show.
King is accused of shooting at a FHP trooper who was engaged in a high-speed pursuit with a Nissan sedan allegedly being driven by 35-year-old David Le-Otis James, of Starke. The FHP trooper wasn’t struck or injured during the incident.
James was arrested Friday by a Gainesville Police officer in connection with the high-speed chase and allegedly robbing the owner of Bizzie’s Boutique & Styles, located at 226 E. Silver Springs Blvd., at gunpoint.
The owner of the boutique told Ocala Police officers that he was sitting on a couch when a light-skinned black male, later identified as James, entered the store wearing a dark-colored hoodie, shorts and a surgical mask. He said while he was showing merchandise to James, he pulled out a black handgun, pointed it at him and demanded money. He said he gave James the cash he had in his pockets and he demanded all the money in the cash register, the report says.
The owner said he ran out the back of his store, leaving James inside. He said he retrieved a handgun from the center console of his vehicle and ran toward the parking lot of Parramore Music, located at 304 E. Silver Springs Blvd. He said he saw James running east on E. Silver Springs Boulevard and he fired several rounds at him, the report says.
The boutique owner said he chased James for several blocks but lost sight of him near the CenturyLink Building, located at 319 S.E. Broadway St. He said he then went inside Parramore Music and called law enforcement for help.
Officers responded to the boutique and the surrounding area and spoke with two witnesses near the downtown parking garage. One said she heard several gunshots and then observed a black male wearing all black clothing being chased by another black male. Another witness also saw both men running and said the one dressed in all black got into the driver’s side of a four-door vehicle that was later identified as silver Nissan sedan. The first witness said she located a FHP trooper and told him about the shooting, the report says.
As the witness was speaking with the trooper, the silver Nissan drove past them. The witness said she “got a good look” at the driver and described him as a black male with facial hair. She said there was another black male riding as a passenger in the vehicle, the report says.
The witness told the trooper the vehicle was involved in the incident. He activated his emergency lights and ordered James to stop. But James fled the area and his passenger fired several shots at the pursuing trooper, the report says.
Officers reviewed footage from surveillance cameras in the area of the parking garage. They located the Nissan as it traveled down Broadway Street and observed it to be a rental vehicle bearing a Pennsylvania license tag. Officers also confirmed that James had rented the vehicle, the report says.
An officer created a photographic lineup containing several photos, including one of James. The witness selected James from the lineup and identified him as the driver of the vehicle. James was interviewed by Gainesville officers this past Friday afternoon and is expected to be transferred to the Marion County Jail.