‘We heard screeching tires... and then the shooting started’: 911 calls shed new light on Bradfordville road rage shooting

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting at the Circle K near the...
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting at the Circle K near the intersection of Bannerman and Thomasville Road(Katie Kaplan | WCTV)
Published: Mar. 18, 2022 at 12:21 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Emergency calls from a Jan. 6 shooting on the north side of Tallahassee shed new light on what led up to the fatal encounter between two drivers at a Circle K in Bradfordville. Multiple callers describe one car ramming the other, followed by a barrage of gunshots.

The 911 calls were released Friday, a week after State Attorney Jack Campbell told WCTV the case was closed and charges will not be filed against the surviving driver. Campbell called it a “clear case of self-defense,” as surveillance video showed the driver of a dark BMW, John Kuczwanski, fired first at the driver of a white Prius, whose identity has not been made public.

The Consolidated Dispatch Agency for Leon County provided nine recordings in response to a public records request by WCTV. The calls about the shooting came in between 5:02 p.m. and 5:14 p.m. on Jan. 6.

“I was pulling out and all I heard was POW POW POW POW POW,” one caller told 911.

“How many shots did you hear?” the dispatcher asked. “At least eight. Sounds like it was close range,” the caller said.

In one of the recordings, a 911 dispatcher describes at least 10 more people calling consolidated dispatch about the shooting at the same time. During that same call, a witness offers a detailed account of the incident. They say the Prius driver got out of their car, spoke to the driver of the BMW, then returned to their vehicle.

“The BMW just revved his engine straight into the Prius, to the point where the BMW was T-boning the Prius. Full speed driving it through the parking lot. And around the corner, I heard gunshots,” the caller told 911.

“You think it came from one of those vehicles?” the operator asked.

“Oh yes. Absolutely. The driver of the BMW was being a crazy person,” the caller said.

Other callers said the BMW had been weaving in and out of traffic on Thomasville Road and then rear-ended the Prius after turning onto Bannerman Road.

Police sirens were audible during a call with another witness to the shooting.

“Oh s*** there’s more! Golly! Hey! OK... More officers over there. I can’t see it but, I can hear ‘em now,” the caller said.

That same caller heard tires squealing and gunfire between the two vehicles, but they did not see the crash.

“I’m over here at Talquin Electric, and there was a car wreck and I heard about six shots. And the guy replied with like eight coming the other way,” the caller told 911.

WCTV has also made public records requests for the written incident report in this case, along with video collected as evidence, including surveillance images from the Circle K. Those have not yet been provided by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

WCTV has previously reported that Kuczwanski was arrested for a confrontation at that same intersection in December 2014.

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