Tow truck driver shot in foot by gunman who didn't have parking permit
A tow truck driver was shot in the foot early Tuesday by a man who was upset that his vehicle had been towed from an apartment complex because he didn't have a parking permit, police said.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Derrick Jackson said deputies responded to a call of shots fired at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 9000 block of MacArthur Boulevard.
Police found that a 31-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident and employee of Discount Towing had been struck once in the foot and the suspect had fled, Jackson said.
Deputies had responded to the area earlier in the night while the employees were towing the suspect's car, Jackson said. The suspect did not have a parking pass for the complex and was upset that his car was being towed, Jackson said.
"Tow truck drivers get this all the time," Jackson said. "It's common practice for them to quickly call us before things escalate."
It wasn't until the employees came back to the complex to check if there were any other cars that needed to be taken from the area that trouble started, Jackson said.
According to Jackson, when police went to the scene earlier, the situation had calmed down and the suspect went back inside while the drivers towed his car and deputies left the area. The employees returned, and while they were leaving, three shots were fired at the vehicle, Jackson said.
The suspect was arrested hours later, Jackson said. The 25-year-old Superior Township man was lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail, where he is waiting to be arraigned on charges, Jackson said.
There was no one immediately available at Discount Towing on Tuesday evening to comment on the shooting.
A Nixle alert to the community regarding the shooting was issued by the sheriff’s office Tuesday evening.