No Charges For Bounty Hunters Who Shot at Suspect

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The Polk County Attorney’s office says it will not file charges against the bounty hunters who fired at a suspect last month.

West Des Moines police say the men were chasing Jordan Young. He was wanted for failure to appear in court.

The bounty hunters told authorities they were in the process of checking multiple addresses for Young when they came across him unexpectedly in West Des Moines. They told officials they didn’t have time to call for police back-up, as is required.

During the pursuit, police say Young rammed the bounty hunters’ vehicle with his car. In return, one of the bounty hunters fired a shot, hitting the suspect’s car door.

The Polk County Attorney’s Office released a statement saying, “We frequently file charges alleging a vehicle can be a dangerous weapon so when this suspect tried to hit them with a vehicle – the bounty hunters (like any other citizen) were on solid legal footing by responding with deadly force.”

Young, on the other hand, is now charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

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