Man arrested after violent Cocoa Beach gas station disturbance

- The Cocoa Beach Police Department says that 29-year-old Justin C. Williamson has been taken into custody following a violent disturbance that occurred at the Sunoco Gas Station on South Orlando Avenue early on Sunday morning. 

Police say that it is alleged that Williamson became upset with the store clerk and a female customer over a transaction dispute. Williamson and the victim both exited the store. Shortly after, the customer returned from the parking lot as Williamson followed behind. The customer entered the store and Williamson fired one round with a small caliber handgun in the direction of the victim. This broke the glass window and caused the victim to fall to the floor. No was reported injured.

Williamson was then said to have fled the scene in an older, black SUV.  However, later that same day, the Cocoa Beach Police say they attempted a traffic stop on a 1999 black SUV for reckless driving. The driver failed to stop and continued to flee until officers disengaged due to the concern for public safety.

Investigative follow-up, according to police, determined Williamson to be the registered owner of said vehicle. The driver was identified as the alleged suspect in the earlier incident at Sunoco.

Williamson was transported to the Brevard County Correctional Facility and is being held on No Bond status. He was charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Shooting into or Throwing Deadly Missiles into Dwellings, Public, or Private Buildings, Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Driving, and other traffic related offenses.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Cocoa Beach Police Department at 321-868-3251.

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