Police: Kansas City tow-truck operator shot fleeing driver

A Kansas City tow truck driver has been arrested, accused of chasing down and shooting a man whose vehicle he had been trying to tow, police said.

The Kansas City Star had previously described the Tuesday night incident as a rolling gun battle between two tow truck drivers. But the newspaper reported Friday that police determined the shooting occurred after the victim spotted two tow trucks preparing to tow his vehicle in Raytown, then jumped into his vehicle and drove off.

Police said Prentiss Burks, 42, followed in his tow truck, opening fire on the fleeing vehicle. The chase ended near the Glen Lake neighborhood in Kansas City after Burks shot the fleeing vehicle’s driver twice in the legs.

Investigators later found a handgun in Burks’ possession that matched the shell casings found along the road where shots were fired, police said.

Burks has been charged with second-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and a weapons count and is being held on $50,000 bond. Prosecutors are seeking to have his bond increased to $100,000.