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On the evening of Saturday, April 8, 2017, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputy Christopher Rekully was on routine patrol at the intersection of Highway 314 and Highway 314A when he saw a small silver car run a stop sign and begin traveling at a high rate of speed, according to a Marion County Sheriff's Office report.
Rekully then attempted a traffic stop, due to the operator’s reckless driving. The driver, later identified as the Trey Morgan Turner 26, failed to stop and a pursuit took place, south on Highway 314 until Turner lost control of his vehicle, causing him to crash and the vehicle to roll on its rooftop.
According to the report, Rekully approached the vehicle to check on the driver and found Turner still inside. He was fully alert and verbalizing that he was not injured. The deputy looked inside the vehicle, he saw what appeared to be a pipe bomb. Turner reportedly confirmed Rekully's suspicions, indicated that the car was loaded with C4 explosives and that he “was sent by the K.G.B. to take out the world and that they (deputies) needed to be careful or [deputies] would die also.”
The Marion County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responded and confirmed that the pipe bomb was a destructive device. Deputies did not find any additional explosives in the car and the pipe bomb was rendered safe and destroyed by Bomb Squad personnel on scene.
It was later discovered that the vehicle Turner was driving was stolen during a carjacking case out of the Leesburg Police Department. Turner has been charged with possessing or attempt to make an explosive device, resisting officer- flee and elude law enforcement with lights and siren active, driving while licesne suspended and possession of a controlled substance (Alprazolam), violation of probation, grand theft of a motor vehicle and battery on a person 65 or older.
Turner is currently being held on no bond at the Marion County Jail.