Shooting leaves 3 men dead at Greenville Nissan dealership

Posted June 03, 2017

The video, released Wednesday, showed the bounty hunters, Gabriel Bernal, 33, and Fidel Garcia, 54, attempting to apprehend the suspect, Raymond Hutchinson, 49, in a Nissan dealership in Corpus Christi, Texas on Tuesday, WFAA reported.

Cell phone video released Wednesday by the city of Greenville and posted by FOX 4 News shows the moments before several rounds of shots ring out.

Garcia and Bernal began tracking Hutchinson after he failed to appear for a March court hearing in Hennepin County, Minn.

As Bernal and Garcia approached Hutchinson with guns drawn, Hutchinson tried to pull a pistol from his waistband but ended up dropping it on a desk, police said. They said Hutchinson broke free and began firing his gun, with the bounty hunters firing back.

Schulte believes bounty hunters Fidel Garcia and Gabriel Bernal of Corpus Christi failed to follow basic law enforcement protocols created to protect civilians and themselves. The other two fired as well and Lucas said about 20 shots were fired in the span of six seconds.

Police say one person was killed and a man was arrested following a shooting outside a business in northeastern Oklahoma. The first two men represented themselves as federal agents but may have been bounty hunters.

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Bradley Smith, president of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators, where Garcia was an at-large director, said the loss is huge for the association, as well as Garcia's family.

Ford said the men - who worked for a private company called US Fugitive Recovery & Extradition - didn't show any badges or ID. The pair were dressed in plainclothes, and a few minutes after entering the dealership, they attempted to arrest Hutchinson. "Hard working, dedicated and passionate bounty hunter".

The dealership's owner told KXAS two of the men came to the dealership Tuesday afternoon and waited several hours for a third man to arrive.

"We were all very relieved that none of our employees or customers were hurt", the dealership's owner Rick Ford told KDFW TV.

For his part, the owner of USFRE, Stew Peters, said the blame for the incident rests exclusively on Hutchinson and that the agents were following the letter of Texas law when executing their assignment.

Similarly, Bernal and Garcia didn't follow standard bounty hunter protocol, says Michael Phariss, the division chief of Texas Response Group, a private security and investigations firm in Carrollton.