The Repo Man (Collateral Recovery and Repossession Professionals) is often cussed at, screamed at, spit on, punched, kicked and generally not liked by most debtors. Absolutely NOTHING justifies what happened to a Birmingham, Alabama collateral recovery specialist early this morning.
The Birmingham Police Department has reported that a brother of a car owner took the life of 28 year old Jason Lee McLendon at approximately 2:00 am on January 8, 2009. Jason McLendon was shot and killed while doing his job repossessing a Cadillac sedan.
As Jason McLendon and his partner backed up their company tow truck, the vehicle owner approached them both and asked what was going on. He proceeded to tell McLendon that he just made a payment on the vehicle. Soon after the conversation, a brother of the vehicle owner came out with a rifle.
After the rifle was brandished, McLendon and his partner got into their truck and attempted to drive away from the scene considering their safety. As they were leaving the brother of the vehicle owner fired the rifle and the bullet hit Jason McLendon in the back of his head while he was driving. It has been reported that McLendon’s partner was unharmed.
The shooter has already turned himself in to authorities and has stated that he did not intend to shoot Jason McLendon; saying that he was only trying to fire a “warning shot.”
I have the utmost respect for men and women in the collateral repossession industry. It can be such an incredibly hard and frustrating job; in today’s economic times I can’t even imagine dealing with so many irate debtors on a daily basis. Violence towards these individuals is rare but it does happen. I hope that justice will prevail in this case.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Jason McLendon from those of us here at Pursuit Magazine.