Investigator: Deadly shooting began when fugitive confronted

Louis Holland
June 5, 2017

Two bounty hunters and a fugitive shot each other dead Tuesday at a auto dealership in Greenville, Texas.

54, and Gabriel Bernal, 33, had tracked fugitive Ramon Michael Hutchinson, 49, to Nissan of Greenville on Tuesday evening and were attempting to make an arrest when the deadly shootout began. Bernal and Garcia drew their guns and began giving Hutchinson commands, according to the release. She did not know specifics of why Garcia and his colleague would chose a auto dealership for an arrest, but she said bounty hunters often use public places in an effort to minimize risk.

Shots ring out in rapid succession as people scream and scramble for cover; city officials say 20 shots were fired in six seconds.

Officers found the three men dead.

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"He always performed his investigations with the utmost integrity", Peters said, adding that Garcia commonly wore both audio and visual recording devices while working. "We are relieved to report that all of our employees and our customers are safe and unhurt".

"A scuffle ensued in the office as Hutchinson tried to pick up the weapon", police said.

A customer and an "associate", Ford said, arrived after 7 p.m. and the two men then approached the man. They had been hired by a bail enforcement agency to return Hutchinson to Minnesota to face felony charges.

Peters says he had spoken to Garcia on the phone Tuesday before he went to the dealership.

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"We didn't give them permission, but we also didn't tell them that they had to leave", dealership owner Rick Ford told CNN affiliate KTVT.

Peters told the AP he didn't know Bernal, but had been friends with Garcia for a decade and said he would not misrepresent himself.

Peters identified Fidel Garcia Jr.as one of the private investigators who was killed. The first two men represented themselves as federal agents but may have been bounty hunters.

Wes Bearden, legal counsel for TALI, said late Wednesday it was his understanding that Garcia was a licensed private investigator. They said they were waiting for someone they were planning to arrest.

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