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Police: Bail bondsmen who shot fugitive was acting in self defense

The bail bondsman who shot a fugitive in the shoulder Thursday night was acting in self-defense and likely won't be charged, St. Petersburg police said Friday.

A police spokesman said Walter Kyles, 41, of Kyles Kwik Bail Bonds in St. Petersburg shot Lorenzo Arscott, 24, in the shoulder as Arscott tried to run him down with a car.

Police said Kyles and two other bondsmen arrived at a home where Arscott was on Fourth Avenue South in St. Petersburg about 7:15 Thursday night. As they approached the house, Arscott tried to hit Kyles with a black Toyota Camry, police said.

Kyles fired at the car several times and struck Arscott in the shoulder. The bondsmen held Arscott until police arrived.

Arscott had outstanding warrants for failure to appear on marijuana charges and was found in possession of a handgun. He will also be charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, police said. Arscott was still in the hospital Friday, but when he is medically cleared, he will be taken to the Pinellas County Jail, police said.

Police: Bail bondsmen who shot fugitive was acting in self defense 01/03/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 3, 2014 6:01pm]
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