Deputies Fatally Shoot Man at Truck Stop

Posted on April 18, 2009. Filed under: Florida, shot by police |

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FL — Three St. Johns County deputies shot and killed a man early Saturday morning at a truck stop near County Road 206 after he pulled out a gun.

The identity of the shooting victim has not been released.

According to the sheriff’s office, a deputy was patrolling the Flying J Truck stop off Interstate 95 and County Road 206, when he noticed a suspicious car.

He ran the license plate and the car came back registered to 52-year-old Rodney Joseph Lasseigne, a fugitive featured on America’s Most Wanted last week in the killing of his 68-year-old mother, Juanita Gibson, in 2008.

When deputies surrounded the car, they saw a man who appeared to be sleeping under a pile of blankets.

After knocking on the car’s window, the man inside pulled out a shotgun. Investigators say he pointed the weapon at deputies. They opened fire, fatally wounding him.

Deputies have not said whether the shooting victim is both the America’s Most Wanted fugitive and the registered owner of the vehicle.

No deputies were injured, and it’s unclear if the man ever fired his weapon. More on firstcoast News

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