Police Investigate Possible Bounty Hunter Taser Attack
CANTON TWP. (WWJ/AP) - Canton Township police are investigating whether a bounty hunter tried to shoot a woman with a Taser while taking her husband into custody.
Police say they’re investigating Sunday’s incident at the College Park Estates mobile home park as a possible assault by the bail bonds company employee.
Camille Allen said her 29-year-old husband was wanted in Washtenaw County for not making payments or going to court after a drunken driving arrest. She said a bounty hunter attempted to use a Taser on her after arresting him on Sunday.
The company, You Walk Bail Bond Agency, said the employee, a “fugitive recovery specialists,” was trying to retrieve paperwork that Allen took from his back pocket, and that Allen interfered with a legal arrest. She claims they used unnecessary force.
Allen told the Ann Arbor News she and her husband had just returned home from church with their two children and other family members when the situation unfolded. She claims two men busted into their home without any announcement and forced her husband into custody without ever giving a reason.
When the men took Allen’s husband from the house and put him in the back of their SUV, her mother-in-law began recording the incident on her cellphone. The video was obtained by the Ann Arbor News. Click here to watch it **WARNING: Contains graphic language**
As seen in the video, Allen walks up to one man outside of the SUV and snatches paperwork out of his back pocket before quickly walking away. The man chases Allen up the stairs to her home where there is a brief physical altercation and loud screaming. Allen yanks on the man’s clothing, eventually pulling his shirt completely off. The man then pulls out a Taser. Allen runs away as the man yells “Back up! Back the f*** up b****!”
After Allen runs around the corner of her home and out of the video frame, the man apparently fires the Taser before retreating to his vehicle. Allen then runs inside her home. She was not struck by the Taser.
A spokesperson at You Walk Bail Bond Agency said the video only shows a small portion of what happened that day. He said the employees were acting within the law throughout the incident, and that Allen was never assaulted.
Police will forward their investigation to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office to determine any charges.
Allen’s husband was eventually taken to the county jail and released the next day on a personal bond.
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