Florida woman killed, man injured as bullets flew in high-speed highway biker gang beef, cops say

Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Oct. 10 2021, Published 2:19 p.m. ET

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A high-speed shootout between two motorcycle gangs on a Florida interstate left a woman dead and a man injured, police said. Now, one suspect is in custody in connection to the case.

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Polk County Sheriff Deputies and Polk County Fire Rescue responded to a vehicle crash in the eastbound lane of Interstate 4, approximately 200 yards west of Highway 27.

There, they found a woman lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound to her head, according to a statement from the sheriff's office. Officials took her to Osceola Regional Medical Center, where she later died.

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Around the same time, authorities received an additional 911 call in reference to a shooting at Papa John's on Lake Wit on Road in Davenport, Florida, which is approximately five minutes from the crash site. At the business, police found a man with a gunshot wound to his lower back. He was transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Police said the victim from the restaurant and the highway were involved in the same incident.

Witnesses said the Thug Riders Motorcycle Club members rolled past the Sin City Disciples club members left two separate gatherings in Tampa, and a gunfight broke out as the two crews cruised down the highway driving home to Orlando and Titusville, Florida, according to the sheriff's office.

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Police said witnesses saw the bikers engage one another in high-speed antics, revving their engines, veering and weaving in and out of lanes towards one another while firing off shots at speeds over 100 mph.


Investigators determined that Ronald Donovan, 38, chased some of the Thug Riders gang on the highway. At one point, one of the people he chased was shot, according to the sheriff's office. The rider then returned fire and shot and killed the female passenger on Donovan's bike.

When police arrived at the highway, they saw Donovan tending to the victim.

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The rider who opened fire motioned to other riders and they pulled into the Pappa John's lot. It was there the rider determined he had been shot in the back, according to the sheriff's office.

Police reportedly found shell casings from three different guns scattered across a half mile of I-4, according to The Ledger.

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Officials said no guns were found on the scene, but Donovan reportedly had two empty gun holsters when he was taken into custody. The sheriff said the man found in the Pappa John's parking lot who was shot was "acting in self-defense when he returned fire with Donovan," according to

"We can expect the Sin City Deciples ... and the Thug Riders to get all dusted up and be mean mouthing each other on social media. Let me tell you, retaliation will get you all locked up," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told the Associated Press.

Police charged Donovan with second-degree murder and other charges in connection to the shooting.


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