Police: Man Shot Dead In Car Justifiable

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Police: Man Shot Dead In Car Justifiable

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that the shooting death of a man whose body was found in a car on April 1 was a justifiable homicide.

Police said the shooting happened at Cassat and Shirley avenues in the Hillcrest area on the Westside just after midnight.
Officers said Christopher Alfaro, 24, was driving in a car when he was shot to death by someone in another car by one shot to the head.

Police said Alfaro rammed another car during a road rage battle. They said the other driver started spinning out, and that’s when he grabbed his gun and started shooting.

“He fired one shot from his car at the other vehicle driven by Mr. Alfaro,” JSO Lt. Larry Schmitt said. “The bullet struck Mr. Alfaro in the head. That car continued to drive southbound on Cassat Avenue until it crashed on Shirley Avenue.”

Police said the 38-year-old shooter called them immediately after the shooting. They said he does have a concealed weapons permit.

Officers said when Alfaro rammed the other car, the other driver became the victim of an aggravated battery, which is why police said the shooting was justifiable.

“Based on the facts of this specific incident, we don’t have probable cause to believe that it was a murder,” Schmitt said.
The police will make the recommendation to the state attorney’s office, but prosecutors will decide if they want to press murder charges.