Video has emerged showing the deadly shootout between two bounty hunters and the Minnesota fugitive they were pursuing
Bounty hunters Fidel Garcia Jr. and Gabriel Bernal were killed along with fugitive Ramon Hutchinson when the three men got into a firefight at a car dealership in Greenville, Texas on Tuesday.
The video, recorded by a bystander and obtained by the city of Greenville, Texas shows Garcia and Bernal holding up their guns as they corner Hutchinson in a glassed in office on the showroom floor.
As the bounty hunters get closer to Hutchinson, the men start yelling at each other while a woman who was in the office yells ‘No!’.
Then there’s a quick succession of several shots as the person recording the video drops to the floor and flees the scene.
Hutchinson was wanted on felony charges of disarming a police officer, fourth-degree assault of an officer and felony first-degree narcotics possession, according to private Minnesota-based company US Fugitive Recovery and Extradition.
The fugitive had been sought since he failed to appear for a March court date in Minneapolis, forfeiting a $50,000 bond.
Bounty hunters typically take about a 10 per cent fee of total bail bond for successful recovery of a fugitive.
Garcia and Bernal were licensed private investigators in Corpus Christi who’d been hired to bring in Hutchinson after a tip lead fugitive recovery agents to suspect he was in Texas.
The bounty hunters placed a tracking device on a car they believed to be Hutchinson’s, where he was believed to be staying with a girlfriend, according to CBS DFW.
But when they learned Hutchinson was in the process of trading in the car at a Nissan dealership in Greenville, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas, the two investigators feared he was trying to shake them and decided to move in.
The two men walked into the dealership and announced that they were federal agents, according to Rick Ford, the dealership owner.
Bounty hunters working for bail-bondsmen have broad powers of arrest and search under the law, but they are not government 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.
Devising a ruse to get the girlfriend back to the dealership, the investigators hoped that Hutchinson would come with her, which he did.
The two investigators were reportedly at the dealership for three to four hours before they were successful in luring the girlfriend and fugitive to the location.
The trouble began when the two bounty hunters produced handcuffs and tried to take Hutchinson into custody at about 7.30pm.
Hutchinson pulled out a gun and bullets began to fly across the crowded dealership, smashing out plate glass windows.
When the dust settled, Hutchinson, Garcia and Bernal were dead, but fortunately nobody else was injured.