Florida Man (and AEW Tag Champion) Accused of Pointing Gun at Driver in Alleged Road Rage Incident

Daniel “Cash” Wheeler is being accused of pointing a semi-automatic weapon at a man during a purported “road rage” incident that occurred on July 27, 2023.

That’s according to a sworn Affidavit for Arrest Warrant posted by the Orange County Clerk of Courts.

According to the affidavit, Officer Mitchell Bowhay, an officer with the Orlando Police Department in Florida, responded to an aggravated assault with a firearm report. Officer Bowhay arrived on the scene and spoke with the victim, who provided the officer with a sworn written/verbal statement, which said the following:

Matta stated he was driving west on Interstate 4 north of Exit 83. He noticed a Jeep Gladiator weaving in and out of traffic honking its horn, so he moved over to the far-right lane to let the Jeep pass. Matta said the Jeep took the right shoulder to drive around him on the passenger side of his vehicle. Matta looked over and noticed a white male with a beard pointing a black semi-automatic handgun out of the driver’s window at him with a strong stare. Matta said he feared for his life at this time. Matta stated he slowed down to get out of the way of the firearm and ended up behind the suspect vehicle at this time. At this time both were committed to exit 83 (Ivanhoe Blvd). Matta took pictures of the Jeep as it turned right onto College Park Drive and began to drive reckless.

Affidavit for Arrest Warrant

The affidavit then stated that Matta took pictures of the vehicle and called 911 to report the incident. Matta said that he “could not be late for work,” so he asked that an officer meet him at his place of work.

Officer Bowhay wrote that he created a photo line-up using a program called ELVIS (“A database used by law enforcement for investigative purposes”), which utilized five random photos, along with an actual photo of Wheeler’s license. When the officer showed the alleged victim the six photos, the victim immediately identified Wheeler’s photo.

“Based on Mattas sworn statement and the positive photo lineup identification, probable cause exist to charge Wheeler with, aggravated assault with a firearm violation of F.S.S. 784.021(1)(A)-1,” the affidavit stated.

When Fightful reached out to AEW for comment on these allegations, the company responded by saying that “AEW has been made aware of the charge, and we are closely monitoring the situation. (Wheeler) is fully cooperating with local authorities.”

The full affidavit, as well as accompanying documents, can be seen at the Orange County Clerk of Courts website.

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