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CCSO: Felon fires on broken down motorcyclist

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Posted at 2:01 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 14:08:40-05

A 32-year-old convicted felon is accused of opening fire on a broken down motorcyclist and two family members who came to help because he felt he 'owned the roadway,' Citrus County deputies say.

Deputies say gunshots can be heard in the 911 call made by the motorcyclist.

Jeffrey Estrada Jr., of 1780 W. Jenny Street in Lecanto, is now charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and violating probation.

The incident reportedly occurred Thursday night around 9:30 p.m. on North Ottawa Drive near Jenny Street.

An arrest report states the motorcyclist broke down on North Ottawa Drive and called his father to come and help him.  The man's father and brother arrived with a trailer to help transport the motorcycle back home.

The men were working on the motorcycle, deputies say, when Estrada walked up on them and began cussing and screaming at them for "being on his road that he owned."

Deputies say the men tried explaining their situation to Estrada but Estrada continued screaming and cussing.

Several minutes passed, the men told Estrada he did not own the road and to leave them alone, an arrest affidavit states.

Estrada then pulled a 9 MM handgun out of his waistband and pointed it at the trio, deputies say.

The men put their hands up in the air and reportedly told Estrada they did not want any trouble.

Estrada walked about 100 feet away and then opened fire at the men, firing at least one round, deputies say.

One of the men called 911 and dispatchers recorded more shots fired, an arrest affidavit states.

Deputies say when they questioned Estrada he confessed to having a gun, being upset and opening fire.

Estrada was arrested and is being held on $16,000 bond.

Estrada was arrested in 2014 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.