Two alleged bounty hunters charged in morning shooting

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Posted: Oct 4, 2011 6:11 PM by Brittany Rivas and Rachel Frost
Updated: Oct 4, 2011 6:21 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputies have arrested two alleged bounty hunters for a shooting that happened Tuesday morning.

Anthony Thomas, 24, and Demarcus J. McKnight, 31, were arrested after detectives say they found a woman shot at a home in the 9300 block of Ridgewood Drive. They received reports of a shooting at the residence around 4:45 a.m.

The woman was transported to a local hospital and is expected to recover.

According to reports, four men, allegedly local bounty hunters, were at the residence as part of an alleged fugitive recovery.

Two of the men were at the front of the residence and two were at the back. The two men in the back of the residence opened a cracked window in order to gain entry and pointed a weapon inside. When the woman came to the window, one of the men fired a shot striking her.

The man that allegedly opened the window, Thomas, will be charged with unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling. The alleged shooter, McKnight, will be charged with unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, aggravated battery and illegal use of a weapon. Both will be booked into parish prison.

According to the Insurance Commissioner's Office, Thomas and McKnight are not licensed bounty hunters. The Sheriff's Office says one of the other two men was licensed.

This incident is still under investigation.

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