Deputies: Uber driver shoots Florida passenger in self-defense

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Investigators say a man attacked an Uber driver in Sarasota County.  That Uber driver then shot the guy.

It happened on Thursday night a little before 8:30pm in the 4100 block of Lockwood Ridge Road.  

According to deputies, the suspect identified as Geoffrey C. Ruscher, 42, became belligerent after he got into an Uber.  The driver said he repeatedly asked Ruscher to get out of the car, but he wouldn't.

Ruscher eventually did get out, but then reportedly made threats to the driver and started punching him.  That’s when deputies say the Uber driver pulled out a gun and shot Ruscher in the leg.

Ruscher was taken to the hospital for his injuries, then to the Sarasota County Jail.  He’s charged with assault and battery and is being held on $620 bond.

The victim was licensed to carry and won’t face any charges.

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