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Bounty hunter shot while attempting to serve a warrant is back on the job

By: Ciara Encinas

Posted at 6:35 AM, Mar 27, 2022

and last updated 6:35 AM, Mar 27, 2022

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — For Jesse Nunez serving warrants isn’t anything new.

“My total time is just under twenty years,” he said. “It’s rewarding. We get to deal with a lot of different people [and there’s] a lot of different areas of travel. It’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.”

While asking witnesses for tips to track down a suspect, you’d never know he was shot on the job just a day ago.

“It’s more of a superficial injury. It hit the basic cartilage but it’s not going to deter me from doing my job,” said Nunez.

While he was working to serve a warrant to a suspect— he says he and his partner ran into trouble with the suspect’s friend.

“It was kind of a dark lit area— he went to the attic area. He grabbed a firearm [and] came back into the area where we were trying to get to us to help his friend out and at that point, a struggle ensued and he shot me,” said Nunez.

serve a warrant is back on the job

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By: Ciara Encinas

Posted at 6:35 AM, Mar 27, 2022

and last updated 6:35 AM, Mar 27, 2022

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — For Jesse Nunez serving warrants isn’t anything new.

“My total time is just under twenty years,” he said. “It’s rewarding. We get to deal with a lot of different people [and there’s] a lot of different areas of travel. It’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.”

While asking witnesses for tips to track down a suspect, you’d never know he was shot on the job just a day ago.

“It’s more of a superficial injury. It hit the basic cartilage but it’s not going to deter me from doing my job,” said Nunez.

While he was working to serve a warrant to a suspect— he says he and his partner ran into trouble with the suspect’s friend.

“It was kind of a dark lit area— he went to the attic area. He grabbed a firearm [and] came back into the area where we were trying to get to us to help his friend out and at that point, a struggle ensued and he shot me,” said Nunez.

It’s the first time he’s been shot on the job— but this isn’t the first time he’s been in a situation like this has happened. Last year his partner was shot on the job.

Luckily, Nunez said he’s ok.

“It’s kind of like if you get in a car accident — just because you get in a car accident it usually doesn’t deter you from driving again,” he said.

Despite it all, he said he knows his work is making a difference.

“What we’re able to do is help people by either educating them by getting them back to court so that way they don’t have to go to jail or if they choose to ultimately run and hide we’re able to get people into court so they can at least deal with their court problems that they have found themselves in.”

Nunez said he isn’t planning on giving it up anytime soon.

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IN THE NEWS CHRISTOPHER MARQUEZ

SUSPECT SHOOTS FUGITIVE WARRANTS AGENT

Police searching for man suspected of shooting a bounty hunter in Chula Vista

Police said Christopher Marquez was armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle. If he is spotted in the community, please immediately call 911.

Credit: Chula Vista Police Department

Author: CBS News 8 Team Published: 12:48 PM PDT March 16, 2021Updated: 12:48 PM PDT March 16, 2021

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Authorities Tuesday are searching for a man suspected of shooting and wounding a bounty hunter in Chula Vista, according to the Chula Vista Police Department.

The shooting happened Monday around 8:40 p.m., when a group of bounty hunters arrived at a home near the 600 block of East J Street to serve a warrant for a man who was identified as 36-year-old Christopher Marquez of San Diego. Marquez was wanted on a parole hold and for failure to yield, according to police. 

CVPD received a report from the recovery agents advising they’d been shot at by Marquez in front of the home. One of the agents was shot several times. Police said the wounds are not life threatening and the agent is in stable condition. 

Police responded to the scene and based on the circumstances, the SWAT team was notified. Officers were able to get all the occupants inside the home out safely, but were unable to determine if Marquez was still inside the home. 

SWAT officers entered the home at around 7 a.m. and searched the residence and did not find Marquez. 

Police said Marquez was armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle. He was last seen headed back toward the home wearing dark clothing. It is unclear where Marquez may have gone. It is believed he took off on foot. 

According to police, Marquez should be considered armed and dangerous. If he is spotted in the community, please immediately call 911 and do not confront Marquez. Police said the investigation is ongoing. 

THE ARREST