An Uber driver picked up Geoffrey C. Ruscher, a 42-year-old man, as a passenger in Sarasota, Florida and started to drive when the passenger became extremely belligerent and even threatening. The Uber driver stopped the car and asked Ruscher to dismount. Ruscher got out of the car on block 4100 on Lockwood Ridge Road a few minutes before 8:30 pm, Thursday night. Witnesses and the driver stated that Ruscher continued to be angry, and started walking along the road in a northbound way when he decided to turn and walk back to the Uber driver, punching him in the face. At this point, the driver took hold of his weapon, which he was licensed to hold and warned Ruscher to back off. Ruscher did not back off and threatened to kill the driver, at which point the driver shot Ruscher in the leg.
Geoffrey C. Ruscher
The Sarasota County deputy responded to the drivers 911 call and arrived in time to arrest Ruscher for simple assault and battery, he was treated in hospital and then taken to Sarasota County jail and is being held on a $620 bond.
The Uber driver was legally holding a weapon and was not charged; witnesses provided evidence that the driver was the one in danger and defended himself. In fact, it seems that Ruscher was so angry that he continued to threaten the driver while a gun was pointed at his face, which strengthened the driver's decision to shoot him.
The only downside to the driver's position is that Uber has a strict deactivation code that comes into action when a driver uses a weapon against a passenger, no matter the reason.