Another incident with a bounty hunter “bond agent” brings to light the practice of bondsmen chasing criminals–people charged with crimes–and using deadly force.
Legitimate law enforcement has issues with bondsmen because the laws regulating them are either non existent or vague. That, combined with legal concealed carry of firearms makes the issue even murkier for real coppers.
Here is a press release from Boise PD with sparse details on the most recent incident.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 24, 2017
Members of the Boise Police Department Criminal Investigation Division continue to investigate the report of shots fired late Wednesday night in the area of Wesley Drive and Milwaukee Street, and the injury of one person in that incident.
What Happened: Evidence indicates that at 11:17 p.m. two bail bond agents attempted to contact an individual known to them in order to revoke his bond and take him into custody. During the attempt to make arrest, the suspect fled in his vehicle, causing injury to one of the bondsmen. Evidence also indicates the bondsman discharged his firearm in that incident. It is not believed anyone was struck by the gunshots. The bond agent who was struck by the vehicle was injured. He was transported with serious but non-life threatening injuries to an area hospital. The suspect, whose identity is known to detectives, fled the scene.
The case has been forwarded to the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office for review of criminal charges. Anyone who may have any information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS.
Check out the 2015 BONNEVILLE COUNTY incident for more insight.
UPDATE 11/27/17 From Boise PD:
Officers arrest suspect who injured bondsman last week
Arrested: Jerry Thumm, 57, Boise
Charge: Aggravated Battery (F)
At 12:58 this morning (11/27) Boise Police performed a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding through a parking lot on the 7700 block of Fairview. The passenger in the vehicle was identified by officers as Jerry Thumm. Thumm is suspected of battery on a bondsman on 11/22. Thumm was interviewed by officers and taken to the Ada County Jail where he was booked on the above charge. The investigation remains ongoing.
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