Sunday, June 17, 2018
Public safety

Deputies identify man involved in fatal Brandon road rage shooting

BRANDON — Authorities have released the name of a man accused in the fatal shooting of another motorist Saturday in what investigators say was a road rage incident.

The man accused is Michael F. Hayes, 47, of Valrico, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter said Monday.

According to investigators, Hayes opened fire on 27-year-old Kenneth Michael Cuevas on Bloomingdale Avenue about 6:30 p.m.

Cuevas and Hayes had been stopped in traffic near S Kings Avenue when Cuevas got out of his car and walked back to Hayes' vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said.

"Words were exchanged and shots were fired," a Sheriff's Office release said.

Deputies said it seemed like the two had an earlier "road rage incident" just moments before the gun was fired. Cuevas was hit at least once, then taken to the hospital, where he died.

Hayes pulled off the road after firing the gun, waited for law enforcement to arrive and has cooperated with detectives. He has not been charged with a crime.

Carter said the incident remained under investigation Monday.

Reached by phone, Hayes referred a reporter Monday to his attorney and hung up.

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