WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Gunfire exchange between a group of bounty hunters and a wanted Polk County man are what police are calling a chaotic series of events.
Wednesday afternoon around 3:15, West Des Moines Police say four bounty hunters tracked down 27 – year – old Jordan Young at a West Des Moines apartment complex, attempting to take him into custody.
Sgt. Ken O’Brien says after the attempted arrest details of the incident become a little unclear.
“He (Young) got into a car and at some point and a shot is fired by one of the bounty hunters which strikes the driver’s door of the fleeing vehicle. It also looks like the fleeing vehicle struck the bounty hunters vehicle as well.”
Young was able to flee the scene. Law enforcement caught up to the suspects’ car near S. 50th Street and Commerce Drive. Young then fled from his car and jumped into the Raccoon River. Police were able to coax Young to safety and take him into custody.
Young was wanted in Polk County on weapons, theft and drug charges. Police named the four bounty hunters as: Justin Gilbert, David Rodish, David Davis, and Bradly Griffith. Law Enforcement believe Gilbert fired the single shot at Young. Authorities are still looking into what bail bonds agency the men work for. Channel 13 spoke with several bail bond agencies off camera, who know of the men and claims they do not work under an agency. Iowa Law states that bounty hunters must be contracted under an agency. Iowa's bail enforcement laws also require for bounty hunters to notify local law enforcement when they plan to make an arrest in their jurisdiction; West Des Moines police say the were never notified.
The department doesn't work often with bail enforcement and O'Brien says when bounty hunters don't follow rules it makes it difficult to work together to make an arrest.
Authorities are still interviewing witnesses and the parties involved before sending the investigation to the County Attorney’s office to determine what charges will be filed.