Tow truck driver shot for taking too long unloading carPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A barricade situation in north Phoenix ended late Sunday night with the arrest of a man suspected of shooting a tow truck operator.
Police have identified the suspect as Jesse Corman, 26. They have not, however, identifed the 40-year-old shooting victim. Police say that man's injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
The situation started when the tow truck driver delivered a vehicle to a residence in north Phoenix near 35th Avenue and Thunderbird Road Sunday evening.
Police say Corman came out of the residence to pay the tow bill. At one point, he went inside the house and when he returned, he had an assault rifle and shot multiple rounds at the victim, striking him several times in the legs.
Corman reportedly believed that the driver was taking too long to unload the car and had stolen the keys.
The wounded driver got into his truck and tried to leave the scene, but crashed into a home across the street.
Neighbors helped the driver until emergency crews arrived on the scene.
Corman, in the meantime, went back into the house and barricaded himself inside.
After officers got the victim to safety, a lengthy negotiation took place. Corman eventually came out and surrendered to police at about midnight.
During the standoff, Corman lit fireworks in the direction of the police helicopter, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department. No damage was done with those fireworks.
Neighbor Peggy Garcia, who helped the driver, said the suspect is "a good kid" and that there has never been a problem with him.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Corman has been booked on charges of attempted second-degree murder, endangerment and unlawful discharge of a weapon.
The wounded tow truck driver is expected to recover.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.