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Former Hillsborough deputy charged with battery after road rage incident

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A Hillsborough County Sheriff's detective has resigned following a road rage incident on Interstate 4.

Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober is charging former detective Thomas Pettis with battery. The incident happened on February 15, 2014.

Witnesses say Pettis hit the car of Evan Rees, shattering the back window of Rees's car.

Instead of apologizing, witnesses say Pettis became enraged and started screaming and cursing at Rees.

Rees got out of his car and both men admit they started screaming at each other, but the altercation soon became physical.

Rees is a wrestling coach, and quickly took Pettis to the ground.

Rees claims while they were on the ground fighting, Pettis tried to gouge his eyes out.

A cell phone video taken by a young girl who is in a car not involved in the crash shows that Pettis pulls out a gun during the scuffle.

The State Attorney's office says Pettis claimed self-defense, but the claim is not backed up by the evidence. Pettis is now being charged with battery.

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