Lauderdale Lakes Man Who Gunned Down Tow Truck Driver Indicted
According to a BSO report, the man, 31-year-old Triston Johnson of Lauderdale Lakes, pulled a gun and shot Herr several times, including in the head.
If convicted, Johnson would face the possibility of life in prison without parole.
The incident happened just before 3:00 p.m. on August 6, in a parking lot of the St. Croix Apartments located at 4150 NW 34th St.
The apartment management contacted All County Towing to send trucks to remove vehicles that were parked illegally on the property.
The company sent three trucks to the location, including one driven by Herr.
Once there, Herr began to tow a gold-colored car, according to a BSO news release.
Seeing his car about to be towed, Johnson apparently confronted Herr and demanded that he not tow away his vehicle. According to the report, Johnson pulled a gun and shot Herr in the back of the head, and then again several times.
Deputies arriving on the scene were then confronted by Johnson, who began shooting at them.
According to the BSO, at least one deputy returned fire, injuring Johnson.
He was then hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.
According to Johnson's attorney, Assistant Public Defender H. Dohn Williams, the suspect has a long history of mental illness. Williams also said that the indictments were expected.
On August 12, in a show of solidarity, 100 tow trucks staged a memorial caravan to honor Herr.
The memorial procession was about ten miles long that stretched from All County Towing's Fort Lauderdale yard to Heritage Park Duck Pond in Plantation.
Johnson is being held at the North Broward Bureau jail in Pompano Beach. He was indicted on four counts, including first-degree murder with a firearm; attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.