Tow Op Detains Suspect After His Partner is Shot

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Two Brothers Being Held on Aggravated Assault


MEMPHIS – Two brothers have been arrested in Tennessee after police say they each fired numerous shots at a towing crew, injuring an operator.

As the alleged shooters attempted to flee the scene, another tow operator used his truck to ram their vehicle.


He managed to detain one of them until police arrived.  The other was apprehended a short time later.

The victim is Scotty Arnold, 23 of Marshall County, Mississippi.  The father and volunteer firefighter was shot in the back Wednesday night.  There is concern he may experience some level of paralysis from the attack.

“He’s not walking, but he’s responsive,” said boss Larry Roland, owner of 901 Towing & Recovery of Memphis.  “He’s being strong,”

Brothers Joseph and David Proffitt were each charged with aggravated assault.

According to Roland, their firm had encountered the family before.


“We actually repossessed the vehicle three times,”he  said.

“The third time after we repossessed it he said he was going to catch us,” he added.

Roland and other towing professionals in Memphis believe the drivers were targeted, and that the charges should be ungraded to attempted murder.

The brothers are expected in court Friday, each being held on a $150K bond.


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