Lee County taxi driver nearly shot in road rage incident

Reporter: Corey Lazar
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – A man was arrested and is facing assault charges for allegedly shooting at a taxi driver in a road rage incident on Martin Luther King Boulevard on Sunday.

The taxi driver, who did not want to be identified for fear of his safety, said he had to slam on the brakes around 2:30 a.m. when a man sped out of a 7-Eleven parking lot. The taxi driver thought he just avoided an accident.

“When he stopped I thought that somebody was going to say ‘Hey, I apologize you know? I’m sorry,'” the taxi driver said.

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Calvin Powell, 29

Instead, the taxi driver was greeted by bullets that shattered through his window and missed his head by inches. The accused shooter, Calvin Powell, 29 of 4988 Sherry St. in Fort Myers, sent a bullet flying through the taxi’s passenger door, where a customer was sitting.

“Started shooting like I don’t know how many rounds, like six to eight rounds. I was scared to death,” the taxi driver said.

The taxi driver called 911 and deputies were able to locate Powell in a black Toyota Camry. He is facing two felony assault charges, two weapon charges, and charges for the possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Powell has a history of arrests for armed robbery, battery, assault and drug possession that go back to 1999.

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