GUN Federal Agent Killed by 65 Year Old CCW in Road Rage Incident

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    South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
    Police report: Federal agent's death due to road rage

    Story and photos

    By Macollvie Jean-Francois, Brian Haas, Andrew Tran and Rachel Hatzipangos

    Sun-Sentinel.com

    5:06 PM EDT, August 7, 2008

    MIRAMAR

    A police report says today that U.S. border protection agent Donald Pettit died as the result of a road rage incident.

    The report said both Pettit and James Patrick Wonder, the man charged with his murder, exchanged obscene gestures with each other as they drove along Dykes Road Tuesday morning.

    The report said Wonder, 65, pulled into the Pembroke Pines post office first from Dykes Road. It said Pettit then pulled into the post office parking lot from Pines Boulevard.

    There, they argued some more, Wonder pulled a gun from his waistband, removed the safety and shot Pettit in the head, the report said.

    The report said police received two Crime Stoppers tips that pointed toward Wonder and that Wonder admitted to police he shot Pettit when questioned.

    Deputy Police Chief Mike Segarra said at a news conference this afternoon that he didn't know if Pettit had business at the post office or if he pulled in to talk to Wonder. He said the two men did not know each other.

    Wonder "was late to his appointment, rushing to his appointment, he was late for his dialysis," Segarra said.

    Meanwhile, neighbors of Wonder, who lives in Miramar, said said they were surprised today.

    Wonder "was a quiet guy, respectful," said Daniel Rizzi, 38. "No one saw this coming. Never saw a temper."

    Wonder has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Pettit. Pettit's 12-year-old daughter witnessed the slaying, police said.

    Wonder was taken to Memorial Regional West in Pembroke Pines after being questioned by police Wednesday night, said police spokesman Sgt. Bryan Davis.

    He was transferred to the Broward County Mail Jail this afternoon.

    Segarra said he was not sure of the reason for the hospitalization, but said it probably had something to do with why Wonder was at a Davie dialysis center on State Road 84 when he was caught Wednesday.

    Police said two things helped them catch Wonder: an anonymous tip and a detailed description of the shooter by Pettit's daughter.

    "The daughter was so instrumental," Segarra said Wednesday night. "She's a star. She's something else"

    Police arrested Wonder as he left the Universal Kidney Center of Davie in The Plaza shopping center, Segarra said.

    Segarra said Wonder was a patient at the dialysis center.

    The arrest ends a hunt that included more than 500 police officers from local, state and federal agencies, traffic roadblocks and the use of military Blackhawk helicopters.

    Rizzi said Wonder had recently started taking care of his wife's 92-year-old mother.

    "The last 12 years, I've never seen the guy argue with anyone," said Rizzi, who lives in the Silver Lakes neighborhood, less than 2 miles from Pettit's home.

    Another neighbor, Staci Hains, 41, said Wonder used to be a truck driver whose route usually took him to Orlando.

    Police said Pettit, an internal affairs agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was on-duty at the time and had his gun in his car.

    The shooting left Pettit's family reeling and begging for justice. He left behind another daughter, 15.

    "This man has destroyed my family and taken the love of my life," said his wife, Ileana Pettit, at a news conference before the arrest.

    Wonder has a concealed weapons permit, according to state records. He has been married for 30 years to Aurora Gonzalez. His relatives could not be reached to comment.

    The tip that sent police scrambling after the man sought in the agent's killing came before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

    Segarra said an anonymous caller said someone matching the killer's description was at the Davie kidney center. Police rushed there, shutting the plaza down. Segarra said Wonder left with police without incident.

    Donald Pettit spent 20 years in the Army and 15 years with the Food and Drug Administration. He became a border protection agent in January.

    Rene Rodriguez, 58, met Pettit in the early 1980s, when both men joined the U.S. Army. From homicides to larcenies, the two traveled the world cracking military cases as members of the service's Criminal Investigation Command.

    Besides a passion for golf and cigars, Rodriguez said Pettit's biggest love was his family.

    "I only had two friends in the whole world who I could talk to about anything," said Rodriguez, of Pompano Beach. "Don was one of them. Now, he's gone."
     
  2. hsmith

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    Stupidity all around.

    1) for the old man escalating by flipping off
    2) road rage between both
    3) border patrol agent following him into the post office WITH THE DAUGHTER
    4) bpa getting out of the car to confront the old man
    5) old man shooting him in the fucking face and leaving
     
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    Read about this the other day, stupid ass's like the old man give people who ccw a bad name.
     
  4. MAD PUNK inDC

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    Idiot would still be alive today if he wasn't busy playing traffic cop. Federal Agents try to pull this shit here in the DC area all the time, though they have orders NOT to engage in traffic stops. Old man was a moron too, thanks guy for making it harder to defend our 2nd amendment rights.
     
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    BPA is an idiot for getting out of the car
     
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    Both were fuckheads.
     
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    What kind of a fucking moron goes on road rage with his fucking daughter in the car?
     
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    how do you remove the saftey

    are you a postman?
     
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    Old man should not have left the scene. Period.

    He shouldn't have participated in road rage. Period

    I won't judge him for shooting the guy yet, though...for all we know the BPA was running his mouth too and threatened to kill him, or said he was going to "get his gun" or some shit.

    Why was the BPA on duty, with is daughter in the car?

    Too many dumbshits, to little info. Now two families lives are destroyed because someone was driving like shit, and it pissed the other person off
     
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    man should definitely not have exchanged words or gestures but rest assured if an altercation occurs and someone follows me into a parking lot, chances are i'm getting out armed as well. bp should not have followed him under any circumstances, especially with his kid in the car.
     
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    Doesn't FL have a stand your ground law? Why murder? Because he left the scene?
     
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    Do you really feel like the federal agent was causing the 65 yo man to fear for his life?
     
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    How are we to know? We do know, as the above post states, that the agent followed the guy into the parking lot. If I knew someone followed me into a parking lot and they went into the wrong way to get to me, I'd be pretty afraid at that point.
     
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    Its probably the only possible defense the guy has. I think its unlikely to be the truth but more importantly would be a really tough sell to a jury. Lets say it is the actual truth and the man was legally justified in shooting. Can you convince a jury that a federal agent not only made you fear for your life but did so with his young daughter in the car and watching? Can you convince them that you were so innocent that you left the scene and had to be tracked down and questioned? It kind of reflects back on the "when can I shoot" threads that I hate so much. I really do hope the guy isn't just a killer but I think his fate was completely sealed when he left the scene.
     
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    Two dumbasses both removed from society.

    I see this as a net gain. Sucks about his daughter though. :hs:
     
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    he will plead insanity, claim that due to his dialisis he was wasnt feeling right
     
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    dumb all around, but it was escalated by the BPA following the old timer into the parking lot and getting out of his vehicle.
     
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    way to subject your daughter to a wonderful example of how to handle yourself.
     
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    If I pull into a parking lot, and somebody (as speculated here) decided to pull in the wrong exit to follow me, probably blocks in my car, and gets out and comes at me... I'm going to have to assume that he has some sort of bad intentions.

    I think we've all exchanged words/gestures/etc.

    I know that since I've had my CPL, I've had one such incident. Sitting at a red light, OK to turn on red, and the guy in front of me isn't paying attention. I swear, I gave him a TINY beep of the horn and he turns around and furiously starts cursing and gesturing. I didn't yell back, but giving him the :jerkit: didn't help any.

    At that point, he got out of his car and started walking towards me and the first thing I did was put my hand on my gun. I drive with it under my right leg, out of the holster. He never got past his back bumper, but he was about 5 steps from getting a gun drawn on himself. And had anything been in his hands/pockets... it would have been quicker than that. Fortunately for all involved, other people started honking at him (the light was now green) and he got in his truck and peel out.
     
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    Do feds have jurisdiction there?

    I've seen videos of Border Patrol conducting traffic stops (not near the border).
     

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