WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A man delivering newspapers in central Florida shot and wounded a suspected attacker, Winter Haven police reported.

Tiffany Simo and Douglas Romeo were delivering copies of the Ledger around 3 a.m. Sunday when they noticed a car following them. When the carriers stopped their truck a short time later, the car’s driver, 23-year-old by Brian Scott Dickey II, approached their truck and fired four shots from a handgun, police reported. When Dickey began banging on the window with his gun and demanding they open their door, Romeo pulled his concealed firearm and fired through the window three times.

Dickey fled the scene, but rescuers were soon called to his home nearby. He had three gunshot wounds. He was taken to a Lakeland hospital, where he was recovering.

Residents at Dickey’s home said the man had consumed a large amount of alcohol earlier in the evening and had been arguing with his brother. When the brother left, Dickey grabbed his handgun and drove off after his brother. He apparently thought the newspaper carriers’ truck was his brother’s truck.

“This guy got much more than he bargained for,” Chief Gary Hester said in a news release. “These victims feared for their lives and did exactly what they needed to do. This could have turned out so much worse than it did.”

Once he’s released from the hospital, Dickey will be booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm in public, police reported. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney.

Romeo has a valid Florida concealed weapons permit. No charges have been reported against him.

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