August 21st, 2008 02:35 PM
BAD:Tow truck driver arrested in Burton shooting
Tow truck driver arrested in Burton shooting
Published Thu, Aug 21, 2008 12:00 AM
A Burton tow truck driver was arrested Tuesday and faces two counts of assault with intent to kill after police say he opened fire on two men during an argument at his impound yard on Bay Pines Road.
Michael James Louder, 28,of Burton remained in jail Wednesday afternoon on $80,000 bail, accused of shooting at Timothy Brian Bonk, 21, and Kevin Szabo, 24.
Bonk and Louder were arguing about a four-wheeler that was at Louder's lot. The argument turned violent when Louder went to the cab of his tow truck, retrieved a 9 mm handgun, and starting shooting at the two men, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
When Bonk and Szabo tried to leave, Louder blocked the exit before ramming Szabo's Ford F-150 with his tow truck, causing an estimated $5,000 worth of damage to the truck, the Sheriff's Office said.
No injuries were reported in the shooting, authorities said.
Deputies recovered two shell casings and surveillance video from a nearby business captured the entire incident, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies also seized a magazine of 9 mm bullets from the cab of Louder's truck.
I know this tow truck driver. Can't wait to hear his side of things. As far as I know, he does NOT have a CWP.
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August 21st, 2008 02:57 PM
IMHO, everything was "fine" until he blocked the exit and rammed the truck. This is of course my opinion without knowing the details of the conversation.
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August 21st, 2008 03:22 PM
Seems to me they would not have charged him if he had a right to defend himself...
Originally Posted by XD in SC
Even if he did, keeping them from leaving was NOT a good idea...
Have they released all of the charges? As in, something more than the intent to kill? Or did they charge him that because of his vehicular rampage???
August 21st, 2008 03:40 PM
What puzzles me is the sequence of events. From the story, the progression seems to be:
1. The parties are arguing
2. Louder goes to his truck, retrieves a niner, then begins shooting at the other two parties.
3. The other two parties attempt to leave.
4. Louder blocks their exit.
Based on this sequence, Louder wasn't defending himself, he was clearly the aggressor. Things seemed to break down when he began firing on the other two. Of course this is just the preliminary assessment based on what is reported. Maybe later we'll see why he felt compelled, in fear of his life, to start firing on the other two. Could be if he had time to walk to his truck, he had time to lock himself in the truck and call 911.
August 21st, 2008 04:38 PM
I would like to see the video of the incident. I would assume it backs up the claims of the 2 guys.
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