MELBOURNE, Fla. - Channel 9 received new information that gives a better idea of what happened the day a Brevard County car salesman was gunned down while on the job.
William Sherwood, 64, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of car salesman John Pratt during a road-rage incident in Melbourne.
The new report provides new details into what led up to the
shooting and shows that Sherwood claims Pratt attacked him first.
According to police, Sherwood followed Pratt for more than a block, refusing to pass him even though Pratt slowed down to let Sherwood to pass.
Pratt's manager at the dealership confirms that Pratt was on a test drive, which apparently drew the ire of Sherwood, who, according to witnesses, not only tailed Pratt but pushed the victim's SUV into the next intersection with his own car, even as Pratt was attempting to get out.
That's when Sherwood shot Pratt twice, police said.
Sherwood remained in his vehicle after firing those
shots, the report states. Seconds later, a witness approached and asked what happened. Sherwood said he "shot the victim because the victim attacked him," but that's not what witnesses said happened.
In fact, according to police, Pratt was angry and yelling but was never violent or physical.
Sherwood remains in the Brevard County Jail on $300,000 bond.
His arraignment is set for May 2.