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Louisiana Man Accused of Attempting to Kill Wrecker Service Driver Who Repossessed His Vehicle

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Source: UNSPLASH; St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jul. 19 2023, Published 3:18 p.m. ET

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A Louisiana suspect was taken into custody in connection with the shooting of a man attempting to repossess a vehicle.

Robert Tanner, 55, of Plaucheville, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, KALB reported.

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According to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, around 7 p.m. on July 16, the driver of a wrecker service was towing Tanner’s vehicle after repossessing it when Tanner began to follow the driver.

The sheriff’s office said Tanner shot at the driver as well as a home and church, which were both occupied.

The wrecker service was struck by a bullet and released Tanner’s vehicle, causing it to crash in a ditch.


The next day, a St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and the Opelousas Police Department served Tanner with an arrest warrant at his residence.

The suspected shooter surrendered following a brief standoff and he was transported to a local jail, officials said.

In addition to the attempted murder charges, Tanner also faces three counts of criminal damage to property, and improper telephone communications.


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