South Carolina

Myrtle Beach man faces assault charge for pulling gun over vehicle being towed

A Myrtle Beach man was charged with assault/aggravated assault for allegedly pulling a pistol in response to his car being towed.

Phillip James Gizzi, 37, of Myrtle Beach, was arrested by Myrtle Beach Police officers when he pulled a handgun during a repossession/towing of his vehicle, according to a police report.

The victim said that they had already hooked up the vehicle when Gizzi told them he had fixed the problem that would result in towing. The tow truck operator said they had received no such instructions and continued with their jobs.

The report states that Gizzi asked to receive personal items from the vehicle, but was denied because the victim believed he just wanted to drive away in the vehicle. Witnesses and the victim said that Gizzi tried to force his way into the vehicle, and eventually pulled a handgun and pointed it at the victim.

Gizzi told officers he only pulled the handgun in self defense when the tow truck operator grabbed a large flashlight when Gizzi tried to enter the vehicle. He claimed that the car was already lifted, so there was no way he could have driven away.

The tow truck operator claims in the report that Gizzi told him he would shoot him if he did not put the car down.