Man shot and killed by tow truck driver during car repossession in Fort Lauderdale neighborhood


A tow truck driver shot and killed a man during repossession in a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood, police said.

Fort Lauderdale Police units responded to the scene of the shooting along the 100 block of Carolina Avenue in the Melrose Park neighborhood.

According to investigators, the tow truck driver came to the neighborhood to repossess a car at around 10 a.m., which led to an altercation with the owner of the vehicle.

“The victim sees him trying to repossess his vehicle, the victim confronts the tow truck driver, some sort of altercation ensued between the victim and the shooter, and that’s when shots were fired,” said Fort Lauderdale Police spokesperson Casey Liening.

A neighbor said she heard the gunshots.

“It sounded [like], ‘pop, pop, pop, pop.’ It was very loud,” she said.

Another area resident said she saw the tow truck driver moments after the shooting.

“The tow truck driver was just standing over the body on the phone. He looked up, started looking around, started seeing multiple people coming up, and that’s when he started jumping up and down saying, ‘I think I just killed a man,’” she said.

Witnesses dialed 911 soon after.

“Please! I need, I need, I need police right now! I need, I need, I need ambulance right now!” said a caller.

Police said the victim died at the scene.

Witnesses said his young daughter was just a few feet away from him.

“I saw a little bit of the blood. I didn’t see him moving,” said witness Robert Sowell, “so, don’t get me wrong, it took me for a bit of a loop because his daughter was actually just standing by the car by herself, so it hit me hard.”

7SkyForce hovered over the scene where a blue tarp was seen covering the man’s body. It was later removed from the scene.

Police said they detained the tow truck driver, who is cooperating with the investigation.

An investigation into the shooting is underway.


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