An Avila Beach man killed himself in front of sheriff’s deputies Wednesday evening following a suspected episode of road rage.
Detectives believe the incident began when a car driven by 56-year-old Robert Hernandez of Avila Beach was attempting to turn left onto Appy Way off Lopez Drive, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
A pickup attempted to pass Hernandez on the right shoulder of the road, and this escalated into a road rage incident with a gunshot fired at the truck. No one was hurt.
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Deputies later located the car and Hernandez at a nearby house in the 100 block of Shelby Way, which they surrounded.
At approximately 10:30 p.m., Hernandez came out of the house and shot himself with a pistol.
He died from the gunshot wound.
The case is under investigation.