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Leon County Sheriff’s Office is silent on details of road rage incident

The person killed in last week’s road rage incident outside a convenience store north of Tallahassee has been identified as John Kuczwanski, a longtime spokesperson for the Florida State Board of Directors.

However, few other details have been released about the incident, which happened around 5 p.m. Thursday outside Circle K at the busy intersection of Thomasville and Bannerman Roads.

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The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said at the time that an altercation between two drivers resulted in a collision with a vehicle and gunshots outside the store, leaving one person killed and another arrested. However, the sheriff’s office will not say whether this person remains in custody. No charges stemming from the shooting have appeared in recent booking reports.

“I can’t comment on this at this time,” said Angela Green, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office. “It’s still an open and active investigation.”

Florida Politics, citing several unnamed officials, first identified Kuczwanski on Sunday as the deceased. Dennis MacKee, speaking on behalf of the SBA, said he could not confirm that Kuczwanski was the person killed in the road rage incident. He said, however, that Kuczwanski, a friend and colleague, died on Thursday.

Kuczwanski has worked for over a decade at the SBA, which is responsible for investing the Florida Retirement System’s pension plan and administering its investment plan. He served as director of external affairs, which included answering questions from the press, managing the website and some legislative affairs, MacKee said.

“The numbers we’re dealing with are extremely complex,” MacKee said. “His job was to try to take a lot of complex information and try to make it understandable. He was great for it.

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Kuczwanski graduated from Florida State University before working eight years as chief of staff to former State Senator Debby Sanderson, R-Fort Lauderdale. Previously, he held the position of Director of Communications for the Management Services Department. MacKee said Kuczwanski is survived by a wife, daughter and stepson.

“He was a quiet guy,” MacKee said. “Everything in her world was about her family. “

The fatal encounter between the two drivers occurred during the afternoon rush hour in front of a busy shopping center. Noah Barcio, who lives and works nearby, did not witness the shooting but said he heard about it within minutes through the vineyard.

“It’s scary,” he said after stopping at Circle K to refuel. “It’s crazy. It happens one day and it’s totally normal the next day.

Green said investigators are urging any witnesses who have not yet spoken to them to call the sheriff’s office at 850-606-3300.

Contact Jeff Burlew at [email protected]ee.com or follow @JeffBurlew on Twitter.

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