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Tow truck driver shot and killed 10.07.19 (CA)

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A tow truck driver was shot and killed by a customer Monday in Riverside after the customer’s vehicle was loaded onto the tow truck and a fight broke out between the two men, authorities said.


About 1:10 p.m., officers responded to the corner of Bandini and Magnolia avenues for a report of a physical fight and shots fired in the Wood Streets neighborhood.


When police arrived, they found the tow truck driver, whose name and age have not been released, with gunshot wounds, said Officer Ryan J. Railsback, a spokesman for the Riverside Police Department. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the driver dead at the scene, Railsback said.


Authorities said based on preliminary information, including witness reports, it appears that the two men got into an argument after the customer’s truck was loaded onto the back of the flatbed tow truck.


“That turned into a physical altercation, that then turned into the suspect producing a firearm and killing the tow truck driver,” Railsback said. “We don’t know if the suspect is from this area or the reason he called for the tow service.”


Railsback said witnesses saw the customer flee the scene after shooting the driver. Officers searched the man’s path with a few K-9s and found him a few blocks away about 15 minutes later.


The man, whose name and age have not been released, was detained and being questioned by detectives Monday evening.




RESOURCE LINK with video



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OMG it is another senseless act against a tow truck driver who is doing his job.  I pray for his family, friends, and co-works.  Thank God they got the guy and let's hope justice will be done.

Contact: Doreen Aragona - Integrated Leasing - Office: 800-551-4854 Ext 20

Email: Doreen@integratedleasing.com  Cell 516-852-5740



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Like Miss Doreen said, this is another senseless act, but these violent, disrespectful and lawless personalities don't think twice about mixing it up. This is really shocking to me as I live in Riverside County, California, a few miles from this shooting. Christine and I send our prayer to Liberty Towing and to the tower's family.


The link below is a Los Angeles news station with a video that has a fairly good explanation of the shooting, also to note, this wasn't you're typical PPI, but looks like a regular, routine tow in a normal neighborhood where an altercation turned bad involving an allegedly intoxicated customer. As I've commented for years and years ... there's no such thing as a routine call.


This being the second act of physical violence against tow operators in two days makes me think about customer interactions and interpersonal relations that turn aggressive and ugly.  You can bet I'll follow this incident closely.    R. 



Randall C. Resch

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