Police: Tow truck operator trying to take car shoots driver

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Police in North Carolina say a tow truck operator shot and wounded a driver who argued with him over an attempt to haul away the vehicle …

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Police in North Carolina say a tow truck operator shot and wounded a driver who argued with him over an attempt to haul away the vehicle

A North Carolina tow truck operator shot, wounded and slashed a driver who objected to his attempt to haul away the person’s vehicle while the driver was still in it, police said Friday.

The argument began around 4 a.m. at an apartment complex minutes from Duke University in Durham when 24-year-old Brandon Ayscue tried to tow the vehicle with the driver still inside, according to a Durham Police Department statement.

Police said the driver was slashed and shot in the chest during the struggle, and a woman who tried to intervene was also cut on the hand. The driver was hospitalized with serious wounds.

Ayscue has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and second-degree kidnapping, among other counts.

It wasn’t clear if he has an attorney who can speak for him. A phone listing for him couldn’t immediately be found.

Police said he worked for Unlimited Recovery, where manager Lauren Hennrich declined to comment when reached by a reporter.

The shooting happened at Duke Manor Apartments, which sits amid a cluster of apartment complexes that cater to a mix of permanent residents and students.

A police spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an email asking why the vehicle was being towed and other questions.

The towing company’s website said that its services include towing away illegally parked cars for apartments, shopping centers and other businesses.

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