Big Lee's Towing owner killed in Metairie

Published: May. 5, 2018 at 3:31 PM CDT|Updated: May. 5, 2018 at 6:24 PM CDT
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METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is currently on the scene of a homicide in Metairie.

Deputies reported the shooting just after 11 a.m. at a home in the 600 block of Bonnabel Boulevard.

Sheriff Joe Lopinto has identified the victim of the shooting as Lee "Big Lee" Martin, owner of Big Lee's Towing. Martin was shot and killed in the front yard of his home.

According to Sheriff Joe Lopinto, the shooting followed an argument between Martin and a neighbor after Martin shot the neighbor's passing vehicle with a water hose. When the neighbor rolled down his window and began arguing with Martin, Martin allegedly sprayed water into the vehicle. The neighbor then got out of the vehicle and shot Martin once in the torso. Martin fled to the driveway of his home where he collapsed and died.

Sheriff Lopinto says they have a suspect in custody. JPSO has identified the suspect as 78-year-old Wayne Higgins.

Martin was arrested in November after he was accused of intentionally striking a woman with his truck during a dispute.

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