Two bounty hunters and one fugitive from Minnesota were shot dead in a hail of bullets at a Nissan dealership in Greenville, Texas.
Michael Hutchinson, 49, was facing several charges that included assaulting a law enforcement officer and had been sought since March after he failed to appear for a court hearing in Hennepin County. Hutchinson was wanted on felony charges of disarming a police officer, fourth-degree assault of an officer and felony first-degree narcotics possession. The fugitive is wanted on a $ 50,000 bond forfeiture warrant.
Bounty hunters typically take about a 10 percent fee of total bail bond for successful recovery of a fugitive. Bounty hunters who are working for bail-bondsmen have broad powers of arrest and search under the law, but they are not government agents.
Stew Peters, a bail investigator with the private Minnesota-based company U.S. Fugitive Recovery and Extradition, received a phone call Tuesday from Fidel Garcia Jr., a private investigator based in Corpus Christi, Texas, to say that Garcia and his colleague Gabriel Bernal had tracked Hutchinson. The bounty hunters placed a tracking device on a car they believed to be Hutchinson’s and they learned that Hutchinson was in the process of trading in the car at a Nissan dealership in Greenville, Texas. The two investigators feared he was trying to shake them and decided to move in.
The two bounty hunters walked into the dealership and announced themselves as federal agents.
‘We were told they were federal agents so we didn’t ask them to leave,’ Ford told the CBS affiliate. ‘They were dressed casual. We thought they were plainclothes officers.’
The investigators waited three to four hours of waiting before Hutchinson and his girlfriend showed up at the dealership. The two bounty hunters tried to take Hutchinson into custody at 7:30 p.m. Garcia and Bernal drew their weapons and Hutchinson responded by drawing his own pistol, which he dropped. The men fought as Hutchinson retrieved his weapon and began firing. The other two fired as well and about 20 shots were fired in the span of six seconds. Bullets fly across the crowded dealership, smashing out plate glass windows. Customers and employees fled for cover.
The bounty hunters, Fidel Garcia Jr and Gabriel Bernal, and the suspect, Ramon Hutchinson, were all killed in the shootout. Nobody else was injured.
Two Bounty Hunters and One Fugitive Killed During Shootout.
The video released by the The City of Greenville, shows the interaction between two alleged bounty hunters and a violent suspect resulting in the deaths of the bounty hunters and the suspect.
Caution this video shows graphic violence.
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Posted by Call Out News on Thursday, June 1, 2017