Police: Shots fired as tow truck driver repossesses car

READING, Pa. - Repossessions have long been reported to have their risks, and now one tow truck driver in Reading knows that first-hand.

The man was attempting to tow away a car in the area of North Fourth and Walnut streets in Reading on Thursday when bullets started flying, according to a police report.

Cory Rodriguez, who lives in the 100 block of North Fourth Street, told officers who responded to the scene that he was trying to stop the tow truck driver from taking his girlfriend's car.

Rodriguez told police he exchanged words with the tow truck driver, according to court documents.

Moments later, witnesses reported as many as six shots being fired from a second-floor apartment in the 100 block of North Fourth Street.

Investigating officers said they then went to Rodriguez's apartment in that block and found a rifle on the back porch. Rodriguez consented to a search of the residence, where police said they also found the barrel of a shotgun, a box of shotgun shells, a box of .22 rounds, two lose .22 rounds in a kitchen drawer, and one spent .22 round by the front window.

Rodriguez's prior felony conviction makes it illegal for him to possess a firearm, police said.

Rodriguez, 27, was charged with possession of a firearm to be prohibited and committed to the Berks County Jail on $60,000 bail.

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