PAINCOURTVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A bail bondsmen from Paincourtville had to pay his own bond after he was arrested for firing a gun in public while chasing a wanted fugitive.
According to the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office, the incident happened on Friday, Jan. 31 shortly before 1 p.m. The bail bondsmen, Tyrone Williams, 38, and an unidentified individual, were in the process of tracking down wanted fugitive Jermaine Moland, 38.
"Witness accounts state that when the fugitive saw the bail bondsmen approaching, the fugitive began to run away and several shots were fired by Tyrone Williams," officials said in a press release. "Upon investigation it was determined Williams had fired his gun in an effort to scare and intimidate Moland to stop running."
Moland did stop and turned himself over to Williams. Moland was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center. He was wanted for 3 counts of contempt of court and 1 count of issuing worthless checks.
Although the fugitive was apprehended, investigators issued a warrant for Williams' arrest. He's charged with illegal use of a weapon.
Williams turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday, Feb. 26. He was booked into parish prison and was released after posting a $5,000 bond.