Charges Filed Against Bail Bondsman After Police Say He Shot a Suspect in the Arm

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --Surveillance video shows the moment two bail bondsmen - pull up to the Hess gas station on East Broadway in North Little Rock. "We later learned that some bondsman were at this location trying to apprehend an individual," says Sgt. Brian Dedrick.

They say 53-year-old Rickey McKinney and another bails bondsman were apprehending Joshua Wiley - when he was accidentally shot. "One of the officers was investigating the incident and saw two firearms inside that individuals car, kind of a bunch of events took place, but bottom line the bondsman were there to serve a warrant," says Sgt. Dedrick.

Surveillance footage shows McKinney calling for help while standing over Wiley. Bail bondsman in the area say it's unusual for somehting like this to happen. "A lot of us are friends with Mr. Mickinney and he follows the rules, he follows the laws," says fellow bondsman and educator, John Kiesling.

According to police, McKinney is a bail bondsman at First Step Bail Bonds. Many in the industry saying it's a dangerous job."We're picking one of their people up and their bringing out weapons, while we are trying to pick up one of their members," says Kiesling.

Police say McKinney was apprehending Wiley for felony warrants at the time of the shooting. Kiesling says in the state of Arkansas, bail bondsman have the same rights as law enforcement when it comes to carrying a firearm. "Protecting our self  and the equipment we use including firearms is something we take very seriously."

Now, police tell me Rickey McKinney faces second degree battery charges.The suspect Joshua Wiley also faces several charges after police say two stolen handguns were found in the car.  Wiley is still hospitalized -- but expected to be okay.


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