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10-07-2012, 12:18 PM

Tow truck driver avenges partner's shooting

Updated: Oct 05, 2012 9:10 AM PDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A tow truck driver remains in the hospital after he was shot on the job Wednesday night.


Scotty Arnold was shot near Shelby Drive and Tulane just before 9 p.m. Police say Joseph and David Proffitt are responsible. They're each charged with Aggravated Assault for the shooting.


His coworkers said Arnold is paralyzed from the shooting.

Arnold and his partner, David Yates, were repossessing a vehicle when a few men pulled up to them.

"As Scotty was pulling off the guy just unloaded, unloaded his gun on the truck, I saw Scottie weaving, airborne off the church parking lot, and I knew he was hit," recalls Yates.

Police managed to track down the driver and passenger who each face Aggravated Assault charges, but not without Yates' help.

"Start ramming them with a truck, knocked them off Shelby Drive," says Yates.

The eight year bounty hunter took off on a hot pursuit, ramming the Cadillac until the air bag popped out. Then he maced everyone inside the vehicle.

"I was scared but I just didn't care I was mad cause they had shot my partner."

Tow truck company owner Larri Roland says drivers routinely face dangerous situations. The city passed an ordinance which requires tow truck drivers to wait at the towed property until police run the vehicle through their system. But, Roland says drivers need time to get to a safe location where they can call police.

"What we been trying to get from the city of Memphis is 15 minutes; 15 minutes of safe time as we call it," says Roland.

Yates says one man is still on the loose, but police have not released that information.

The Proffitt brothers were in court Friday morning for their arraignment but they did not have an attorney present. The suspects, who are being held each on $150,000 bonds, were ordered back into court Oct. 17 with an attorney.

08-25-2016, 03:14 PM

Whitehaven man convicted of attempted murder of tow truck driver
Thursday, August 25th 2016, 12:50 pm PDT
Thursday, August 25th 2016, 1:39 pm PDT


After waiting four years for justice, a tow truck driver that is now confined to a wheelchair was able to see the man accused of shooting him convicted for the shooting on Thursday.

Joseph Proffitt, 30, faces 14-30 years in prison after being convicted on attempted second-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced Proffitt was convicted Thursday of the shooting of Scotty Arnold, which left Arnold paralyzed after the bullet struck him in the back.

Joseph Proffitt's brother, David Proffitt, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and faces 8-12 years in prison. Joseph chose to go to trial.

The shooting happened on October 2, 2012, at the Tulane Apartments in Whitehaven when Arnold and another worker were called to the apartments to tow illegally parked vehicles. David approached them with a handgun and started arguing with them.

After being confronted, Arnold started to drive away and was shot. Proffitt tried to say it was self-defense, since Arnold pushed the gas and drove away.

David Profitt will be sentenced September 23 and Joseph will be sentenced October 20.

10-21-2016, 11:54 AM

Man who shot tow-truck driver sentenced to 14 years in prison

Updated: Oct 21, 2016 - 9:27 AM

A Whitehaven man convicted of shooting and critically wounding a tow-truck driver was sentenced Thursday, according to Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

Joseph Proffitt, 30, was convicted of two counts of attempted second degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault and one count of employment of a firearm.

Proffitt was sentenced to 14 years in prison, according to the release.