El Cajon

Bounty Hunter Shot in the Face in El Cajon While Looking for Wanted Person

The shooting reportedly took place in the 300 block of West Lexington Avenue at around 4 p.m.

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A bounty hunter was shot in the face Friday in El Cajon after looking for a wanted person in a vacant business, police said.

Bail bond agents arrived at a vacant business at around 3:51 p.m. at the 300 block of West Lexington Avenue. They were looking for a wanted individual when they got into a confrontation with an unassociated person. The person then took out a handgun and the bail bond agents shot a taser at the person and tackled the person, when the bail bond agent said he was shot in the face, El Cajon Police (ECPD) said. The other bail agent shot his taser at the person again and both agents were able to leave the building.

ECPD responded to the scene and rescued the agent who suffered non-life-threatening injuries after the bullet entered near his cheek and exited near his ear, ECPD said.

Police established a perimeter around the building and two people, one of them determined to be the shooting suspect, exited the building and were detained without incident, ECPD said.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department Bomb Arson Unit was requested to respond with a tactical robot to clear the building, but no one else was found inside. Police said it appeared multiple squatters have been living in the building.

The suspect has an active felony probation violation arrest warrant and was booked in San Diego County Central jail.

The bounty hunter with "Fugitive Warrants" was treated at a local hospital and was released Friday evening.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident can contact the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311.

No other information was available.

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