According to a KFOR-TV news report, in Oklahoma City, on March 18, 2013, an incident of a bail agent allegedly using deadly force, resulted in a homeowner’s dog being shot and killed. Another bounty hunter is accused of using a Taser on the homeowner after he protested the attack on his 15–year-old Labrador.
Jathan Hunter, who is facing a charge of animal cruelty, turned himself in after being accused of shooting the dog at a home in Midwest City earlier this month. Hunter, 23, allegedly shot and killed the dog after it came out of the home and began barking at him.
His bounty hunting partner, 56 year old Melvin Marshall is also facing charges for assault and battery. Marshall allegedly hit the homeowner with a Taser after the homeowner protested the invasion and shooting of his dog. The homeowner, Roger Latture, was not the person the bounty hunters were looking for, nor was the person on the premises.
The video posted on the news site is very graphic and shows the dog coming out of the house and Hunter pointing his gun. It also shows the homeowner being hit with the Taser, though it is very blurry. The homeowner stated in the video, that he has no children and that his Lab was like a child to him.
Issues such as this one involving bounty hunters has prompted Oklahoma lawmakers to work on new legislation to regulate bounty hunters closer. Sen. Ralph Shortey stated that the proposed law would regulate what bounty hunters could and couldn’t do. He also said they need to be under some kind of state license. A bounty hunter would need to take classes to get a license in Oklahoma, if the legislature passes.
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