Man arrested, charged with firing gun in UPS parking lot

By Marques White - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 64-year-old man charged with firing a shot in the direction of another man outside a Westside UPS store appeared in court Wednesday.

James Mitchell Williams was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault for firing a gun in the parking lot of the UPS Center at 4420 Imeson Road, police said.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, no one was hit by the gunfire.

According to the arrest report, James Mitchell Williams went to the UPS facility to complain that he believed his medication had been stolen by a UPS employee.

According to the report, Williams and his wife were inside their Toyota Camry in the parking lot when Theodore Riley, 46, pulled up in a Nissan Altima with his music playing loudly. Williams asked Riley to turn down the music, and according to Williams' wife, Riley became enraged and he and Williams started arguing.

A witness said during the argument Riley walked to the back of his car and opened his trunk.

Williams' wife said Williams armed himself with a firearm and she tried to grab the gun away from him, but he fired one shot from the car before she could take the gun from him, according to the report.

Riley said he sought cover after the shot was fired and then grabbed a tool from the trunk of his car and threw it at Williams' car as it backed away from the scene, according to the report.

After the confrontation people ran inside the UPS building and locked the doors, according to Rufus Scatliffe, who witnessed the incident.

"The shot was fired about 5 feet away," Scatliffe said. "I thought I was hit. I thought the lady right next to me was hit."

Police later recovered a revolver from Williams' glovebox.

Williams' bond has been set at $50,000. His next court date is Feb. 4.

A judge said in court Wednesday that if Williams is released he'll have to wear a GPS monitoring device and stay away from Riley's place of employment and his home.

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