Man Hit PBSO Deputy Before Shooting
According to the Palm Beach Post, two local bail bondsmen in West Palm Beach, Florida proved their value as more than bounty hunters yesterday when they ran to the rescue of a nearby PBSO deputy struggling with a criminal in Palm Springs.
The bail bondsmen, Joshua Choomack and Oscar Maturana were in the parking lot near the Sears Outlet store on Forest Hill Boulevard and South Military Trail when they heard the gunshot and immediately noticed a man fall to the ground. Both Choomack and Maturana ran to the scene without apprehension.
Fortunately, both bondsmen were wearing their bullet proof vests and official badges at the time the attack took place. When the bondsmen arrived at the scene, they realized the Sheriff’s deputy had been seriously assaulted and had no choice but to shoot the man attacking him to protect his own life. Choomack and Maturana handcuffed the attacker and confessed to being “in the right place at the right time.”
The deputy was taken to Wellington Regional Hospital to be treated for his injuries. His attacker had taken a bullet to the chest and is being treated at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He faces charges of battery on a law-enforcement officer and depriving a law-enforcement office of radio communication.
With all of the support for bail reform in America, after yesterday’s traumatic event, one might stop and reconsider the true value of bail bondsmen.