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Road Service Tech Down - 11.15.20 (CA) "UPDATED 03.14.22"


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Tow Truck Driver Shot, Killed In Downtown LA



Roadside assistance worker fatally shot while responding to call in downtown L.A.



A tow truck driver was shot and killed while working on a stalled vehicle in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles Sunday night.


A 26-year-old tow truck driver was shot and killed Sunday night while working on a stalled vehicle in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. at 8th and Mateo streets, according to LAPD Officer Drake Madison.


The victim and another driver were responding to a call in the area when a witness heard a shot and found the man bleeding, Madison said. The witness drove the man to the guard shack of the nearby Los Angeles Times Olympic printing plant, at 2000 E. 8th St., where he was pronounced dead.


L.A. Times spokeswoman Hillary Manning said The Times' security team was at the plant at the time, as was the majority of the production team that is responsible for printing the newspaper.


"We’re grateful to the security team for the work they do to keep our employees safe and, as in this situation, their efforts to assist members of the community," Manning said. "We send our condolences to the victim’s family and friends and hope that the investigation will bring them answers and that time will bring them peace."


Police did not have any information about a suspect in the shooting Monday. The victim was identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office as Michael McGarry.


TowNews will continue to search for further details.



A roadside assistance worker was shot and killed while responding to a call for help in downtown Los Angeles Sunday night.


The victim and a second roadside worker were called to jump start a stalled vehicle near the intersection of East Eighth and Mateo streets about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said.


The second worker heard gunshots and noticed his partner had been struck and was bleeding heavily.

The two got back in their vehicle and drove to a nearby guard shack in the 2000 block of Eighth Street for help.


Paramedics came and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  

The male victim, who police said was 26 years old, has not been identified.


No description of the shooter, or shooters, was immediately available.


Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting and do not know if the victim was targeted.



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NO NO NO OMG praying for Michael's  family, friends and co-workers. I hope they find the person who shot him and put him away.

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Jesus.. What the hell is going on in this world... Do we need to start wearing body armor to perform our duties now? It is bad enough we have to dodge vehicles while working, now we have to dodge bullets..

Rest easy operator. I pray that the assassin is caught and dealt with accordingly. 


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Our condolences to this young man's family, friends, and co-workers. A lot of life lost at 26 years old. This is horrible news always and more people, more of the public, need to feel the sadness from these losses also. Maybe then they will understand why the safety of our first responders and our tow truck drivers means so much to all of us.

Denise E. Witman

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The City of Los Angeles has offered a $50,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of tow truck driver Michael McGerry, who was killed while assisting a stranded motorist in the Fashion District in Nov. 2021.




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