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Gainesville man arrested for waving gun at car full of people

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Morgan Widmayer, 26, was arrested last night and charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly pointing a gun at a car full of people.

At about 10 p.m. last night, the victims were traveling on SW 20th Avenue; Widmayer was reportedly driving next to the victims’ car and became upset because he couldn’t merge into the other lane. There were five people in the victims’ car, including two children under the age of 2.

Widmayer stopped at a red light, and the victims reportedly pulled up next to him and rolled down the passenger-side window to confront him. The victims said that Widmayer rolled down his window and brandished a handgun just outside the window. The victims called 911 and followed Widmayer’s car until Gainesville Police Department officers pulled him over.

A probable cause search of Widmayer’s vehicle reportedly found a Glock 43 handgun in the front passenger seat.

Post Miranda, Widmayer reportedly said he accelerated around the victims’ car because they would not let him change lanes, then he stopped at the red light. He said the victims threw some items at his window while yelling at him, so he grabbed the gun and held it pointed slightly down as a deterrent. He denied waving the handgun. The officer reported that the adults in the victims’ car were interviewed separately and gave consistent accounts of the incident.

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Widmayer has been released from jail; bail amounts are unavailable on the weekend.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    • Did you even read the entire article? I can see this happening on 20th I can see that it is possible to be exactly as he stated because they the other car admitted they rolled down the window to confront him he said they threw things at his window. 20th is a terrible mess anyway. And these days people are impatient, whether they didn’t want him to merge or they just simply didn’t want to be behind him. It sounds like they (the other car) had an issue with him to begin with. And technically they all gave for the most part the same account, but wait. The other car would have left out that they threw things at the window, and here is why that would have been seen as instigating. They didn’t know he had a gun and he didn’t know if they were intending to do harm. I can see why he would be just released. Yes he had a fire are obviously registered and legal, otherwise he wouldn’t have just been released more than likely. But who knows with alachua county. I do know that I can see through the eyes of both parties.

  • If a person is not patient enough to navigate the several merge lanes on SW 20th, they are definitely not stable enough to have a handgun in the car with them.

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