The witnesses say the two men, whose boats are anchored about 50 feet apart, have had disputes in the past. They said on this occasion they began yelling at each other from their respective vessels. 58 year old Argelio Soto then picked up a flare gun, firing it at the victim.
Deputy Vince Weiner and officers from Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission went to Soto s boat. Soto, who reportedly appeared to be intoxicated, told them the dispute was because he believes the victim came onto his boat earlier without permission. He admitted to firing the flare gun at the victim, and said if he d had more flares he would have fired more times. He told Deputy Weiner he is not afraid to kill .
Soto was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon. He was booked into jail.