Port Charlotte man arrested following street shooting
(BTLS Staff) PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – A 30-year-old Port Charlotte man is facing a variety of charges stemming from a shooting Tuesday.
Michael Allan Coley is being held without bond at the Charlotte County Jail.
According to a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office report the incident occurred just before 3 pm near the intersection of Meehan Ave. and Aaron St. Deputies were dispatched to that location after receiving a shots fired call.
The report states a man was knocked off his bicycle by the driver of a silver-colored car. The vehicle stopped and several gunshots were fired. The man on the bike suffered minor injuries from the fall, which was determined to be an intentional act.
Investigators say at least one bullet entered a nearby home but fortunately nobody was hurt. It was later determined the vehicle involved in the incident was a 2002 silver Lexus.
Just before 8 am Wednesday, the suspect vehicle was observed traveling near the intersection of Sheehan Blvd and Peachland Blvd. When driver committed a traffic infraction, detectives and a uniformed deputy stopped the vehicle.
Coley was behind the wheel and ordered to exit the car. When law enforcement approached him a heavy marijuana odor was detected. Inside the vehicle they found remnants of the illegal narcotic.
Prior to the traffic stop detectives saw Coley throw something from the driver’s side window. Deputies searched the area and located a plastic baggie containing over 25 grams of marijuana.
Coley was charged with one count of marijuana possession – over 20 grams – and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Because it was a felony charge the suspect’s vehicle and $1,700 in cash were seized.
After the vehicle was seized it was analyzed by CCSO’s crime lab after a search warrant was obtained. Evidence indicated the car had been involved in a collision with a bicycle consistent with what the injured man told deputies.
There was also evidence of a shooting inside the vehicle. Detectives are currently in the process of charged Coley with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony and firing a weapon into an occupied structure.
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues. Coley is no stranger to law enforcement in Charlotte County. He’s been arrested a handful of times since 2006 on a variety of charges including drug possession, larceny, petit theft and tampering with evidence.
If you any information about this incident please contact CCSO.