GREENVILLE, Texas – Two bounty hunters and a fugitive suspect were killed during a shootout at Nissan of Greenville on Tuesday as customers and workers at the car dealership dove for cover.
The two bounty hunters, Gabriel Bernal, 33, and Fidel Garcia, 54, worked for FNG Security and Investigations of Corpus Christi, according to a news release from the city of Greenville. Bernal and Garcia were awaiting the arrival of Ramon Michael Hutchison, also known as Raymond Hutchison, 49, of St. Paul, Minn., the release said.
Hutchinson had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a first-degree drug charge from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department in Minneapolis. He was in an office at the dealership with another person when he was approached by Bernal and Garcia, who drew their guns and began giving Hutchinson commands, according to the release.
Hutchinson attempted to pull a pistol from his waistband but dropped it on a desk, causing a scuffle. Hutchinson was able to retrieve his weapon and began firing, and both bounty hunters returned fire, the release said.
About 20 shots were fired in about six seconds. All three subjects suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene, the release said. The following 911 call was made during the shooting:
An inquest was held by Justice of the Peace Sheila Linden and all three bodies were transported to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.
Bradley Smith, president of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators, where Garcia was an at-large director, said the loss is huge for the association, as well as Garcia’s family. He didn’t have many other details.
“I’m not sure what he was doing that day,” Bradley said. “I understand he was after a bad guy on the run from another state.”
Carla Hunt, the association’s executive director, sent the following statement:
“We are saddened to hear of the loss of Fidel Garcia, Jr., a 20 + year investigator and a Texas Association of Licensed Investigator’s (“TALI”) board member. Fidel was a consummate professional and well respected. The Association has reached out to his family and will provide assistance during this hard time. ”
Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3
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