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An East Naples man was arrested Sunday after deputies said he fired a BB gun at another car after one of the occupants had "ripped him off" during a drug transaction the previous day.
Tyler Irwin, 22, faces one felony charge of shooting a missile into an occupied vehicle and two felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to a Collier County Sheriff's Office arrest report. He was booked at the Naples Jail Center.
Deputies responded to a 911 call in the area of Frangipani Avenue and Woodland Grade Road after a man and woman reported that they had been shot at by a male passenger in a gray four-door car, the report stated.
Golden Gate Estates deputies began searching the area and found a car matching the description parked in the front yard of a home on Tobias Street.
While deputies passed the house, four men got into a Ford pickup and left north on Tobias Street. When deputies stopped the pickup, two of the men inside the truck matched the description of the driver and shooter.
The man and woman who had been shot at told deputies they were driving down 10th Street to visit a friend when they noticed a vehicle was following them.
The female driver then noticed they had passed the address of their friend's house, but when she attempted to turn her vehicle around, the car that had followed them was blocking them and didn't allow them to head back.
The woman then drove to the end of 10th Street where it led into Frangipani Avenue. The other vehicle continued to follow them, so the woman drove east on Frangipani Avenue before attempting to turn around again. The vehicle following them blocked them again with the woman's car now facing the driver's side of the other vehicle.
A man, later identified as Irwin, then opened the back driver's side door, pointed a black BB gun at them and began firing at them, according to the report.
The woman's car was struck by "projectiles," so the woman and her male passenger turned around and fled east on Frangipani Avenue, the report stated. Their car then got stuck in the dirt. The other car started to follow them, but then turned around and left.
The man who had been shot at told deputies he had "ripped off" one of Irwin's friends during a drug transaction in the past, according to the report. The woman told deputies she knew Irwin because she went to the same high school as him.
When deputies checked their car, they found 14 areas where it appeared small projectiles had struck, including four holes in the driver's window and one mark in the front window with "a spider webbed pattern," the report stated.
Irwin told deputies that the man in the car "had ripped him off during a drug transaction last night," according to the report.
Deputies found a BB gun that "looked and functioned like a real firearm" underneath the seat he had been sitting on in the pickup, the report stated.