911 calls released in tow truck driver's shooting
LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have released the frantic 911 calls for help after a tow truck driver was shot and killed at a South Florida apartment building.
Operator: "911 what is your emergency?"
Caller: "Someone just got shot. A guy was towing cars, and they shot him."
Caller: "Yeah, this man is dying ... oh, my God."
Terrified residents called 911 and detailed the events that unfolded before their eyes.
Caller: "The victim is bleeding bad. He's a tow truck driver."
Caller: "He shot him in the head, and then he walked by him and shot him.
The shooting occurred at the St. Croix Apartments complex on the 4100 block of Northwest 34th Street in Lauderdale Lakes on Tuesday.
Police identified the gunmen as 31-year-old Triston Johnson. The Broward Sheriff's Office alleges Johnson shot and killed tow truck driver 36-year-old David Herr, killing him at the scene.
According to investigators, Herr and Johnson were involved in a dispute related to the removal of a vehicle that escalated into a gunfight. Investigators said Herr was preparing to tow Johnson's gold-colored sedan when an argument erupted between the two men.
Operator: "Do you know why he shot him?"
Caller: "Because we are towing cars because it doesn't have tags on it."
When deputies arrived on the scene, they exchanged gunfire with Johnson until he was taken into custody, then taken to the hospital.
Caller: "Oh, my God, I think this man is dead."
Caller: "I don't think he's alive anymore."
Johnson remains hospitalized. He faces pre-meditated murder along with other charges.
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