Controversial tow truck driver 'Big Lee' shot dead in Metairie

Controversial tow truck driver 'Big Lee' shot dead in Metairie

Controversial tow truck driver 'Big Lee' shot dead in Metairie

Speaking with reporters Saturday, Lopinto said officers were called to Martin's home at 615 Bonnabel Boulevard around 10:51 a.m. Saturday to respond to reports of a shooting.

Martin, the controversial owner of a towtruck company that bears his nickname, was shot by a neighbor he had been feuding with for years, Jefferson Sheriff Joe Lopinto said earlier in the day.

"It had been an ongoing feud for over ten years", Lopinto said.

According to the sheriff, a video investigators obtained showed the neighbor backing out of his driveway while Martin was watering his palm trees. Lopinto said Martin sprayed the hose at the pickup truck, and the two men apparently began to argue. That's when Martin reportedly sprayed the hose into the truck, and Lopinto said the neighbor fired one shot at him. Martin fled to the driveway of his home where he collapsed and died.

Police said a man accused Martin of threatening him and claim Lee tried to tow away his vehicle while the man was still inside the auto.

Martin previously had faced accusations of menacing behavior, and he was arrested this past November over allegations he intentionally hit a woman with his vehicle. After spraying water into the truck, Higgins allegedly exited and shot Martin once.

Martin pleaded guilty to the charge and received 12 months of probation.

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