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Eyewitnesses Say They Feared For A Tow Truck Operator's Life

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A Brainerd business owner says he was rattled when he saw a man pull a gun on a tow truck operator.

Jeff and Beverly Whitley own business property on Brainerd Road.  They hired a towing company to remove cars parked illegally on their property. They say a man tried to stop the truck driver from towing a car.  They say the man told the driver to stop, pulled a gun, then told him he was a police officer.  Whitley's wife called 911.

"It was apparent to those on the scene who got near the officer that he had been drinking he smelled of alcohol," said Beverly Whitley.

The Whitleys say when police arrived, the man they called the off-duty police officer left the scene and the officers handling the matter told them if they needed him they knew where to find him.

Chattanooga Police wouldn't say anything about the matter, but did confirm that they're doing a fact finding investigation involving officer Phillip McClain.

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