Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Man Shot as Two Bondsmen Take him into Custody

A 32-year-old man was accidentally shot Thursday morning while being taken into custody by two bail bondsmen at the Traveler's Inn, 3846 S.W. Topeka Blvd., police said.

Two bail bondsmen employed by A-1 Bail Bonds around 11:23 a.m. pursued the man on foot before he stopped and surrendered to the men, said Topeka police Lt. Chris Heaven. The man voluntarily laid on the ground and was being handcuffed when one of the bail bondsman's handgun went off, Heaven said.

Police said the bullet grazed the man's back, causing some skin loss in the process. The victim was taken to St. Francis Health Center, where he was treated and released. The man then was taken into custody and booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with a city custody slip.

The bail bondsmen were interviewed by police and released. The names and ages of the men weren't available. Police said the incident is under investigation.

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1 comment:

pooch said...

As per my experience with bondsmen/fugitive recovery agents, my first thought is that these two bondsmen as an example are not trained in the proper handling of a firearm. Obviously adrenalin was elevated and improper weapon handling incorporated or the bondsman with the discharged weapon would not have had his finger on the trigger and should have been properly indexing. If the gun is at fault, which I doubt, he had better throw it away. Training is first and foremost when being armed. Without proper training, there is not one single individual in the business of chasing skip that should be carrying. That includes proper hand cuffing and expandable baton. There is too much liability and the reputation of the business is at stake.