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Tow truck driver avenges partner's shooting

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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.

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