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SC man killed in argument with tow truck operator

Dec 26, 2010 3:58:00 PM - thestate.com
Beaufort County police say a man has been shot during an argument with a tow truck operator.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported that 34-year-old Carlos Olivera was shot Friday night in front of his brother's home.

Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner says Olivera and tow truck operator Preston Oates had a disagreement over whether Olivera had properly parked his minivan. Oates told the sheriff he has a contract to patrol parking in the neighborhood.

Olivera balked at paying $300 to get Oates to remove a parking boot from his minivan.

Nelson Olivera said his brother showed Oates a handgun tucked in the waistband of his pants, but never pointed it. Oates told the newspaper he acted in self-defense.