Tallahassee Reports has determined that one of the participants in the altercation that took place on January 6, 2022 at the intersection of Thomasville Road and Bannerman Road was arrested eight years earlier related to an altercation with a driver at the same intersection.
There has been little information released about the January 6 incident since the original Leon County Sheriff’s Office statement which indicated that “Deputies received a call shortly after 5pm today regarding shots being fired in the area of Thomasville Rd. and Bannerman Rd. Upon arrival, deputies learned that an altercation between drivers lead to a vehicle collision, followed by shots being fired. One driver was fatally wounded and another driver has been taken into custody.”
Peter Schorsch, publisher of Florida Politics, reported that multiple officials confirmed that John Kuczwanski was killed in the incident. Kuczwanski was the Legislative Affairs Director for the State Board of Administration.
Since the incident, TR has obtained an Arrest/Probable Cause Affidavit that indicates John Kuczwanski was arrested for “Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon without intent to Kill” on December 14, 2014. The affidavit indicates that the arrest was related to an incident that took place around 5 p.m. at the intersection of Thomasville Road and Bannerman Road.
According to the affidavit, a motorist called the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and reported that a “white heavy set male had pointed a small, black in color handgun with a mounted laser at him while stopped next to him at the intersection of Thomasville Road and Bannerman Road.”
Based on the information provided in the complaint, an officer was dispatched to a residence and found Mr. Kuczwanski in the driveway still in the drivers seat of his vehicle.
After questioning Kuczwanski, the officer verified that a weapon fitting the description provided in the complaint was in the vehicle. The officer indicated that probable cause existed to warrant an arrest.
Records indicate that Kuczwanski was sentenced to probation under the conditions that he remain arrest free, no contact with victims, and possess no firearms. He completed the terms of the probation on February 16, 2018.
TR has contacted the Leon County Sheriff’s Office seeking an update on the January 6th incident. We will update our report when more information is available.