Buffalo, NY (WKBW)-Police are continuing their search for a killer who gunned down a tow truck driver in Buffalo on Saturday afternoon. Police say 25-year-old Corddaryl Henley, was dropping off a car north of Walden Avenue when a male suspect in a silver or gray car approached his tow truck and shot at him several times. Henley then apparently lost control of his truck, crashing into another vehicle, then into a house. For the Chase Towing Company, the death hits close to home. Henley worked for the firm for about a year, before recently leaving for a management position at the Patriarch Towing Company.
"He made this his business. He was one of our top performers," said Chase Towing Operations Director Robert Heidenreich.
Heidenreich also says many are not aware of the dangers while on the job and how cut throat it can be on the roadways. Some drivers are concerned about Buffalo's current policy for tow trucks. The city's tow truck policy is based on whoever shows up first to a scene/accident. Many neighboring cities and towns use a company rotation method.
"It's really scary. Drivers have been stabbed, there's been fights at the scene of accidents and it all comes down to dollar signs," added Heidenreich. "All because Buffalo is not on a rotation, since many work on commission, that's there top priority to get there first and bring it back to their shop."
It's still unclear why Henley was gunned down this past weekend. Police say the investigation is still ongoing.
"It's a shame. Nobody knows what really happened, so no one can say anything about it. Like I said he's a really nice guy, never caused problems. He did what he had to do and then went and got more cases," tow truck driver Ed Culliton said.
If you have any information about the incident you are asked to call the police confidential tip line at 716-847-2255.