Bounty Hunter Defends ‘Split Second Decision’

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WEST DES MONIES, Iowa-- A licensed bail enforcement officer says he made a split second decision to shoot at a suspect who was trying to run him over.

“I'm either getting ran over or I'm disabling the vehicle and I disabled the vehicle,” he says. We agreed to conceal the bounty hunter’s identity due to the dangerous nature of his job.

He and his partner tracked 26-year-old Eldar Krijestorac to the Motel 6 off Jordan Creek Parkway Saturday afternoon. Krijestorac is wanted for skipping court on drug charges.

“I felt that my life was in danger as he was coming at me with the truck,” says the bounty hunter.

The seven shots he fired at the truck hit the tires and radiator.

The pickup didn’t belong to Krijestorac. It was Dale Bingaman’s.

“I don't know him at all. Swear to God, I don't know him. I didn't have nothing to do with it,” says Bingaman.

Bingaman told police he was giving his granddaughter’s mother a ride to the motel Saturday and Krijestorac is a friend of hers. His truck is in the shop and he wants someone to pay for the damage.

West Des Moines Police have yet to turn the investigation over to the Dallas County Attorney to decide what, if any, charges will be filed.

The bounty hunter says he and his partner did everything by the book. They notified police they were in the area looking for a suspect.

There are only seven bail enforcement agencies licensed with the state. The Department of Public Safety is in charge of issuing two-year licenses to people who meet the requirements.