Lauderdale Lakes Tow Truck Driver Gunned Down; Police Shoot Suspect

Categories: Broward News

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A Lauderdale Lakes tow truck driver was gunned down in the middle of the day after he tried to tow away a car that was parked illegally.

The incident happened just before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, in a parking lot of the St. Croix Apartments located at 4150 NW 34th St.

Broward Sheriff's deputies arriving on the scene shot and wounded the suspect, after he opened fire on the officers.

See also: Beware of South Beach Tow Companies

On Tuesday afternoon, 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 the victim, 36-year-old David Herr, of Hollywood.

Once there, Herr began to tow a gold-colored car, according to a BSO news release.

The car's owner -- an unidentified man in his 30s -- apparently confronted Herr and demanded that he not tow away his vehicle. According to the report, the man pulled a gun and shot Herr several times.

Deputies arriving on the scene were then confronted by the suspect, who began shooting at them.

According to the BSO, at least one deputy returned fire, injuring the suspect.

No one else was injured.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue personnel tended to Herr, but the efforts to revive him failed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect was airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center in critical condition.

BSO Homicide and Internal Affairs detectives are currently investigating the incident.

Per BSO policy, the deputy who shot the suspect will be place on administrative leave.

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How do you Dan Alexander talk about one thing when this story is about a innocent man that was killed while asked to tow a car. That my dear is my brother in law as well as my brothers best friend. A man that was doing his job every day. It is a very  dangerous field to be in but then again so is everyone elses. A stupid person decide that even though dave herr said he was going to release the car after he pulled out the gun, he still SHOT HIM and killed him. Who does that. A man that is getting ready to say he is a looney bin. We have lost a great man that will never be forgotten. Its been over a month that he left us and it still hurts more then ever. Especially when you didnt get to say goodbye.

Dan K. Alexander
Dan K. Alexander

^I know. I read the story. Great reporting! I wish you could afford to print as much investigative journalism as you do adverts for handjobs. That is an earnest compliment. My point is that - although your story was damning - the piece left an impression that nothing is going to happen to change the towing monopoly. Since the major news outlets haven't paid as much attention to your stellar story as they should have, I am afraid that your contention is/was correct. Therefore, to say that South Florida towing companies have had a bad week should be correct, but likely isn't. I hope that your story about the towing monopoly gains serious traction; the kind of traction that initiates a legislative change that reflects our society's sense of justice. That is my inner idealist. My inner realist has no faith in justice in our country or state any more. This belief is reinforced by the fact that a serious investigative paper needs to be subsidized by handjob adverts to stay afloat (financially). Thank you for responding.

Dan K. Alexander
Dan K. Alexander

Really?! Because, from what I have read, the towing companies in South Beach still made $120k this week on a bureaucratically backed racket. You know who had a bad week in the South Florida towing world? This one repo man. And, by the way, repo men are fully aware of the mortal danger their lives are in every day. I feel sorry for the family, but not for the man who made a conscious decision to employ himself in one of the most dangerous professions that exists. Bad week for towing? Really? That is the best headline you could recycle a story with online?!

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