Whitehaven man convicted of attempted murder of tow truck driver

Whitehaven man convicted of attempted murder of tow truck driver

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - After waiting four years for justice, a tow truck driver now confined to a wheelchair was able to see the man accused of shooting him convicted on Thursday.

Joseph Proffitt, 30, faces 14-30 years in prison after being convicted on attempted second-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced Proffitt was convicted Thursday of the shooting of Scotty Arnold. The shooting left Arnold paralyzed after the bullet struck him in the back.

Joseph Proffitt's brother, David Proffitt, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and faces 8-12 years in prison. Joseph chose to go to trial.

The shooting happened on October 2, 2012, at the Tulane Apartments in Whitehaven when Arnold and another worker were called to the apartments to tow illegally parked vehicles. David approached them with a handgun and started arguing with them.

After being confronted, Arnold started to drive away and was shot. Proffitt argued that it was self-defense, since Arnold pushed the gas and drove away.

David Profitt will be sentenced September 23 and Joseph will be sentenced October 20.

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