Delivery Driver Paralyzed After Being Shot For Parking In Handicap Spot

A 65-year-old man shot a delivery truck driver who parked in a handicap spot after the two had scuffled

St. Charles, MO – A 65-year-old man who had a disabled placard on his car shot a 21-year-old Amazon delivery truck driver parked in a handicapped spot.

The incident happened at about noon Tuesday and the 21-year-old victim is in critical but stable condition and the 65-year-old man was arrested at the scene, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The dispute began when the Amazon driver illegally parked his delivery van in a handicap spot.

The 21-year-old driver was talking to another Amazon driver at the time, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The 65-year-old man confronted both drivers about being parked in a handicap spot, according to St. Charles Police Lieutenant Tom Wilkison. Even though the 65-year-old man had a handicap parking placard, it was unclear whether he was handicapped, Lt. Wilkison said.

The older man pulled out a cell phone so he could record the illegally parked delivery van. Then the two began to struggle over the phone, Lt. Wilkison said.

During the argument, the two men were involved in a “hands-on” confrontation, according to police.

The 65-year-old man fell to the ground during the struggle. He then took out a handgun and shot the 21-year-old one time in the back while the younger man was walking away, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The gunman then went to a shoe store where he was arrested and police recovered a gun.

Amazon said in a statement that the 21-year-old driver didn’t work directly for Amazon but worked for a contracted company.

“This is a terrible incident and our thoughts are with the driver,” Amazon said in a statement, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We will work with law enforcement and the delivery service partner as they investigate."

Police didn’t release the names of the victim or the suspect.

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NYXX
NYXX

Handicapped parking is on private property. I believe the owner of the property would have to initiate an actual complaint with the police.

NYXX
NYXX

Probably a good idea if you don't arm yourself. You might end up being roomies with a 65 year old man. 😳

junkmansj
junkmansj

Or parked side by side Bool shipping

rds40
rds40

Not really. State and federal guidelines mandate the number and location of the spots and many large commercial areas have authorized enforcement of mv laws on the proprrty. Furezones and those parking areas specifically.

Most of the stop signs had no legal backing..in my jurisdiction in those areas.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

This article has nothing to do with law enforcement; what is it even posted on the blue lives matter newsfeed?

RPG156
RPG156

Does no one else see the irony of the delivery driver parked in a handicap spot whle completely healthy and then gets shot and is now paralyzed?

chappy 123
chappy 123

handicap placards are issued and enforced by the DMV on all public accessible property, All law enforcement can enforce them

Guitarplayer
Guitarplayer

You'd think half the world is handicapped to look at these parking lots

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

I hate it when people illegally park in handicap spots and originally I was going to say nonetheless I wouldn’t shoot someone over it but now seeing the driver fought with a 65 year old mine you because he didn’t like the elderly man complaining he deserved to be shot!!!!!!!

Truthdontlie
Truthdontlie

Shouldnt attack a 65 yr old should have moved your illegally parked van..now the driver needs a HANDICAPPED VAN AND SPOT...sad but actions have consequences..old guy shouldnt have shot him as he was walking away should called 911 reported the assault get punk arrested..

Righton17
Righton17

While the old man(I am too) should not have used his weapon, why was the younger man even fighting with an elderly man to begin with. This whole thing should never have happened. What a horrific, needless tragedy.

Truthdontlie
Truthdontlie

Oh look someone doesnt have reading comprehension..I'm no snowflake either. You missed the part where I said old man shouldnt shot the kid huh

Stanracer
Stanracer

Is this 65 year old person one of those so called "good guy with a gun"??? Um....sure...🤔

HonestC
HonestC

When the young man tries to get the phone away from the elderly gentleman - that's an assault, which probably scared the older man. However, the older man should NOT have shot the driver if the driver was walking away. He should have just gotten the license number of the delivery van and then called the police and pressed charges against the driver.

Caddis
Caddis

Moral of the story: Don't mess with old people or you may get shot! Old people have been through wars and been around a while and are not afraid and have much less to lose than a young 21 year-old disrespectful punk.

Balkanbobby
Balkanbobby

And that's why you shoot someone in the back? How about no matter how old you are you don't make police matters your business.

jamsjgould
jamsjgould

In FL it is a felony to assault anyone over 65 and shooting in self defense is legal.

JBR
JBR

Just because the older man was 65 doesn't mean he was a little white haired weakling, people. Lou Ferrigno (the original Hulk) is 67 and formidable. Dont pick fights over parking spots. If someone is illegally using a handicapped spot, inform the authorities, let them issue a citation. Now one man is paralyzed and the old man will do some time for shooting someone without justification.(The threat was over)

starboard1
starboard1

Hate to say it but the old guys life just got real complicated. You can't shoot people in the back walking away from you, nope!

BigPapaFrosty
BigPapaFrosty

First just move the van out of the handicap park. Second he was using a phone just like everyone else to record it. Third he should not have gotten into a scuffle over an phone. Fourth instead of scuffle he got out of the truck when he could have just moved it and let it go. Fifth the older guy should not have shot him in the back but first before all that police should have been called by both men. Last don't hit old guy's

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Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

Sounds to me like the 65 year old man was looking for trouble. There are people who do that. He probably didn't even need the spot, or there might have been other handicap spots. If you need the spot, call the police. He destroyed a young man's life.

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

Most 65 year olds are not feeble old men. I don't even understand that law.

pixiepup
pixiepup

Ridiculous! Shoot a man for parking in a handicap spot.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

“ The older man pulled out his phone to record the van parked illegally and then they started scuffling over the phone”? Sounds like the driver attacked him?

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

Glass half full side of this, he's legit for the handicapped spot now!