BRYAN - A man who police say threatened a tow truck driver during a vehicle repossession attempt has been shot and is in critical condition. Investigators say the tow truck driver was threatened by the owner of the vehicle, and that the owner began physically assaulting the driver and beating him with a wooden handle.
That's when police say the tow truck driver with M.A.R.S. Wrecker Service, who has a concealed-carry license, pulled out a gun and fired four times, shooting the vehicle owner twice. The victim, Richard Pennington of Bryan, suffered wounds to his chest and under-arm region.
Pennington was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, last listed in critical condition. Police say the tow truck driver was cooperative and was released from the scene with no charges filed.
Mike Saenz, the owner of Mike's Auto Recovery Service, LLC, says that in the last 13 years, nothing like this has happened. He says guns had been drawn on him and his workers before, but shots were never fired as they'd been able to de-escalate the situation quickly.