I say the bounty hunter is screwed
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I think that this bounty hunter may be in trouble. Although we only have this newspaper account to go by, I don't know how you would defend "accidently" shooting someone. What do you think?
Police probe Michigan bounty hunter shooting | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press
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I say the bounty hunter is screwed
"When the people fear the government you have tyranny...when the government fears the people you have liberty."
--Thomas Jefferson --
In some parts of this country, bounty hunters have too much authority. If they want to serve some kind of papers, they need to get LEO's involved. They have made mistakes in the past and busted into the wrong house. I have nothing to hide from, but if they kick my door down, they will be buried.
Never, ever, ever tell the police it was an accident!
If you can't honestly say, "I was in fear for my life, and I shot him" then make no statement whatsoever.
If the investigation reveals that there was justification for using deadly force at the time and your body reacted before your mind could wrap itself around the fact, you're probably okay. If you tell them the gun went off accidentally, you will be prosecuted and unless you are a cop who's department can shell out the big bucks, Mr. Ayoob isn't going to be there to explain the situation to the jury.
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There will be some problems there.
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.The case has been referred to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review.
No arrests have been made
This tells me that the officers at the scene had no probable cause to arrest the Bounty Hunter, So I don't the prosecutor will charge him.
"Arms in the hands of individual citizens may be used at individual discretion..in private self defense." John Adams
Resisting arrest maybe?
It's not like it's someone that didn't do anything wrong.
They had a warrant for his arrest and he struggled, maybe for the gun, and he got shot. End of story.
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Hmm. Went to arrest and a struggle ensued. Doesn't seem like the bounty hunter did anything wrong. As Patriotic Rick wrote: "It's not like it's someone that didn't do anything wrong."
Accident == manslaughter. There is no affirmative defense to manslaughter.
Possible defense: If the shot was 'accidentally' fired in a struggle, the gun owner might not be held criminally responsible. If it was a struggle for the gun, then he most likely wouldn't be charged at all, I'd think.
But, agreed all around---the word 'accident' is a bad thing when somebody gets shot.
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