Gunfire erupts over “excessive” cab fare

Posted on: 12:15 pm, September 18, 2012, by , updated on: 03:56pm, September 18, 2012


EDMOND, Okla. — Excessive alcohol consumption can often lead to cloudy judgment. 

A night of drinking quickly went down hill for 29-year-old Tyler Scott. 

Rather than risk a DUI, Tyler Scott called a cab to pick him up at Baker St. Pub around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

The driver took him home, about 15 miles away, and demanded $60. 

That’s when things turned a little ugly.

“They had a spat over paying the fee,” Edmond Police Captain Tim Dorsey said. “The guy went into the house, the driver thought, to get the money. But he came back out, produced a handgun and fired three rounds in the direction of the cab driver.”

The cab driver peeled out of the driveway, called 911 and the SWAT team was dispatched to the home at 2 N. Douglas, near E. 2nd St.

Authorities said it took several hours to convince an intoxicated Scott to surrender.

Capt. Dorsey said, “About 6 a.m., we made enough noise to shake him up. We rammed the front door. He decided to make a good decision, that it was best to surrender.” 

Someone claiming to be Scott’s brother told us, “He’s in the middle of a really bad divorce and custody battle that, I think, has taken a toll on him.”

Police said he’s now facing even more trouble that could have all been avoided had he simply paid, not protested, that $60 cab fare.