Police: Tow truck operator trying to take car shoots driver

Police: Tow truck operator trying to take car shoots driver
This undated mugshot provided by the Durham Police Department shows 24-year-old Brandon Ayscue, who police say is charged with assault with a deadly weapon after an argument over towing a vehicle early Friday Nov. 22, 2019, in Durham, N.C. Police say that Ayscue shot the driver during an argument after attempting to tow the vehicle. (Durham Police Department via AP)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say a tow truck operator shot and wounded a driver who argued with his attempt to haul away the person’s vehicle.

A Durham Police statement says the argument began early Friday at an apartment complex when the suspect tried to tow the vehicle with the driver still inside. Police say the driver was slashed and shot in the chest during the struggle.

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Brandon Ayscue, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and second-degree kidnapping.

Police say he worked for Unlimited Recovery. Manager Lauren Hennrich declined comment and declined to say whether she knew if he has an attorney.