Monday, November 2, 2009

Man Charged With Attempted Murder

A 63-year-old man is facing attempted murder charges after deputies say he fired gunshots at two people during a dispute over a parked car in Immokalee on Monday.

Deputies arrested Eddie James Roller, 222 S. 1st St., Unit 14, Immokalee, and charged him with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of shooting a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle.

Arrest reports gave this account:

Richard Armstrong, 63, and Latoya Burns, 20, both of Immokalee, told deputies that they parked their vehicle in front of Roller’s residence shortly before 11 a.m. Roller became angry and told them to move their vehicle.

Armstrong moved the vehicle and then visited one of Roller’s neighbors. Armstrong and Burns returned to the vehicle and got inside. Roller came out of his residence with a .38-caliber handgun..

While Armstrong was sitting in the driver’s seat and Burns was in the passenger seat, Roller began firing rounds at the vehicle, striking the windshield and the doorpost next to the driver’s-side mirror. Armstrong and Burns ran out of the vehicle.

Deputies saw Roller leave his residence with a handgun in his hand that he appeared to be reloading. Roller complied with deputies’ command to drop the gun.

Roller fought with deputies while he was being handcuffed. He was additionally charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.

Roller was being booked into the Collier County jail late Monday afternoon. His arrest report and arrest photo will be released when they become available.