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Vehicle towing prompts fight, shooting at Durham apartment complex


DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- A confrontation between a vehicle owner and a tow truck driver turned ugly at a Durham apartment complex on Friday morning.

Durham police officers said a tow truck driver was trying to tow a vehicle around 4:15 at Duke Manor Apartments on Lasalle Street.

The vehicle owner, a man, approached the tow truck operator and a fight ensued. The tow truck operator shot the vehicle owner once, according to police.

The tow truck operator then called 911 from the parking lot.

ABC11 crews saw the vehicle owner conscious and alert before being taken to the hospital. Police don't know his condition.

It's not known if the vehicle was being repossessed or if it was illegally parked.


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Hey Ron ... isn't this the very topic we were having regarding calm heads that prevail? I know it takes two to tango, and , "No", I wasn't there, but there's more to this story than what the title shows. Watch the news video to see that there may also have been a stabbing involved. If the tower was the calmer of the two and was carrying, if he was first attacked by the vehicle's owner, he has a justifiable right to protect himself if done so within the letter of the law.


Fact: PPI's and Repo's are dangerous business where vehicle owners, even persons in an ensuing crowd can come from the background only to go violent in the blink of an eye. In comparison, here's a link to the conviction of a tow truck operator who is sentenced to serve 26-years for the fatal shooting of a man during a towing event on Christmas Eve 2010. There's a fine line to any justifiable shooting. I'm glad the tower was OK and hope to hear more on the details of this story.      R.



Randall C. Resch

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