“To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.” – Voltaire
Two men the media are identifying as “bounty hunters” apparently braced an armed suspect inside a Nissan dealership two days ago. The men, probably licensed PIs or security guards under Texas law, went into the Greenville business at around 19h00L, approached the suspect with handcuffs and guns out. A scuffle ensued, and then…
Well, you can see for yourself in the video below.
Some twenty shots were fired at bad breath distance over the course of about six seconds.
Yes, there are at least two other people in that glass-walled little office where they confronted him. Yes, those are kids you can hear screaming in the background once the shooting starts.
There are so many things wrong in this video, I’m not sure where to start. That the three men involved are the only ones currently laying at room temperature is a Good Thing, but surprising.
Witnesses allege Gabriel Bernal, 33, and Fidel Garcia, 54 (the PIs, or security officers, or whatever they were) identified themselves as Federal agents. Texas-based news station CBS19 says the man they were after, Ramon Michael Hutchinson, has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a 1st degree drug charge in Minneapolis.
According to Section 38.10 of the Texas penal code, no one can attempt to secure a bail bond surety offense (i.e., take into “custody”) unless that person is:
1. a peace officer; or
2. an individual licensed as a private investigator or the manager or a licensed investigations company; or
3. a commissioned security officer employed by a licensed guard company.
According to common sense and good tactics, no one should attempt to snatch up a potentially armed anyone in a location like this unless there’s already an imminent threat.
Why anyone would make an “arrest attempt” (I’m not sure exactly how the word arrest has been interpreted by Texas courts) like this is beyond me. Hopefully some good can come from this video, and this event, as an object lesson in how not to do a lot of things.
Are private security agencies and other for-hire armed services susceptible to failure to train lawsuits? If not, they should be.
That’s it for now. Go forth and conquer.
Mad Duo, Breach-Bang& CLEAR!
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