A Marine is recovering from a stab wound he suffered during a road-rage incident in Orange Park, Florida over the weekend.
Marine Lieutenant Jared Cox is stationed with the South Carolina-based Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122. He was in Florida training at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, said Capt. Clay Groover, a spokesman at the Beaufort, S.C., Marine Corps Air Station.
First Coast News reports that 21-year-old Tyler Ennis, whose driver’s license was suspended eight times since April, is now behind bars for attacking the Marine in a CVS parking lot.
Lt. Cox unintentionally cut Ennis off while they were both driving on U.S. 17, then Ennis followed him into the CVS store parking lot and confronted him, police said.
“In a fit of rage,” Ennis head-butted the Marine, tackled him to the ground, then stabbed him in the back, according to the report. Cox’s father told local media that his son has a long road of recovery ahead, and is lucky to be alive. He had to have emergency surgery for the 24-inch stab wound.
A Clay County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Ennis’ vehicle later that night. The officer found a “folding knife with blood on it in his possession.”
Ennis’s criminal record dates back to 2013, when he was arrested for battery on a police officer, resisting, and possession of marijuana. He’s the son of a retired Clay County Sheriff’s deputy, according to Jacksonville.com.
Ennis is set to appear in court early Tuesday.