Tow-truck driver shot with BB gun

January 8, 2010

A tow-truck driver attempting to tow a car from an apartment parking lot tonight was confronted by a group of residents and shot in the neck with a BB gun, police said.

About a dozen people confronted John Stellabote of J and J Towing, who was towing the car at the Casa Linda Apartments, 3650 Airport Road, at the property manager's request, said Colorado Springs Police Sgt. Dave Gilman.

Some in the group jumped on the hood of the car he was towing when Stellabote sprayed pepper spray at two in the groups, Gilman said. An infant may have been hit with some of the chemical.

A 21-year-old woman then pointed what looked like a handgun at the driver and fired several shots. The gun turned out to be a toy BB gun and the man suffered a superficial wound to his neck, Gilman said.

The woman, Jerica Hill, left the scene but was arrested a short time later on suspicion of felony menacing and second-degree assault.



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