Tow Truck Driver Fatally Shot in Riverside; Suspect Detained: Police

A man is seen handcuffed at the scene of a fatal shooting in Riverside on Oct. 7, 2019.

A man is seen handcuffed at the scene of a fatal shooting in Riverside on Oct. 7, 2019.

Police have a suspect in custody after a tow truck driver was found fatally shot in Riverside Monday afternoon.

Authorities believe the suspect called the tow truck driver and then shot and killed him following an argument, according to Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Railsback. It’s not clear why he called the driver.

Officers found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds after responding to the 3700 block of Bandini Avenue at 1:10 p.m., Railsback said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Aerial footage from Sky5 shows the man’s body lying on the opposite side of the street from a tow truck carrying a dark-colored pickup truck. On the bed of the pickup is a neon green-colored motorcycle or dirt bike.

Other video shows officers escorting a bare-chested man in handcuffs into a police vehicle.

A tow truck is seen parked at the scene of a fatal shooting in Riverside on Oct. 7, 2019.

A tow truck is seen parked at the scene of a fatal shooting in Riverside on Oct. 7, 2019.

According to Railsback, the pickup is owned by the suspect and the driver was in the process of loading the vehicle when the pair got into an altercation that turned physical when shots were fired.

The suspected killer was found by officers a few blocks from the shooting scene within 15 minutes of police responding, Railsback said.

“It seemed to the officers that he was running away from something,” he said.

The tow truck driver was not executing a vehicle repossession at the time, according to Railsback. A possible motive remains unclear.

Police were not looking for any other suspects as K-9 units continued searching for items the suspect may have dropped, according to Railsback. The weapon had still not been found, he said just after 8 p.m.

The identities of the victim and suspect have not been released by police.

KTLA’s Matt Phillips contributed to this report. 

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