Fidel Garcia and Gabriel Bernal were licensed private investigators from Corpus Christi hired to track down Ramon Michael Hutchinson for an outstanding drug case in Minnesota. (Bounty Hunting Assignment)
GREENVILLE, Texas – Cell phone video shows the confrontation between two bounty hunters and a fugitive inside a Greenville car dealership Tuesday that left all three men dead.
Fidel Garcia and Gabriel Bernal were licensed private investigators from Corpus Christi hired to track down Ramon Michael Hutchinson for an outstanding drug case in Minnesota.
The bounty hunters confronted Hutchinson, who was also armed, inside the showroom of the Nissan of Greenville dealership just after 7 p.m.
The city released cell phone video in which the scuffle between the bounty hunters and the armed fugitive can be seen before several rounds of shots ring out.
WAPI attended a TALI Convention in Dallas a few years ago, where we had a WAPI Stand, and met with many Texas and US PIs, including Fidel Garcia, who served on the Board of Texas Association of Licensed Investigators and was regrettably killed in this attempted apprehension of a Wanted Criminal.
The video link shows Garcia and Bernal confront Hutchinson in an office with his girlfriend and a dealership employee inside when the gunfire began. An employee was also with two customers in the office right next to them, but none of them were hurt. A woman at the dealership called 911 while hiding in the bathroom. “Please hurry,” she told the 911 dispatcher. “I hear a woman screaming.”
The bounty hunters were after Hutchison for failing to appear in court on a felony drug charge. But his record shows more violent charges, including assaulting a police officer and disarming a police officer. The investigators were hired by a company called U.S. Fugitive Apprehension of Minnesota. One of their bail investigators, Stew Peters, said Garcia was one of their go-to professionals. “Enjoyed his life in Corpus Christi, lived a modest and humble life,” Peters said about Garcia. “Hard working, dedicated and passionate bounty hunter. He always found his man”
The WAPI Governing Council on behalf of our membership, and eGroup Subscribers extend our condolences to Family, Friends and the Texas Association
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Posted by: Ian (D. Withers)