Video from the lobby of the Mesa County Sheriff's Office shows employees and visitors coughing after coming near a fugitive pepper-sprayed by crews from "Dog the Bounty Hunter" during an arrest.
Duane "Dog" Chapman, star of the A&E show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," brought a wanted man into the Mesa County Sheriff's Office last Wednesday.
However, as Chapman, his co-workers, his camera crew and the suspect came in, there was a physical confrontation.
"During the scuffle the skip was pepper-sprayed excessively and Dog conveniently had his tear-away shirt ripped off, all the time the action cameras were rolling and everyone was salivating in the drama at 215 Rice Street," Sheriff Stan Hilkey wrote in a blog on the Sheriff's Office website.
"While Dog stayed outside, shirtless and sweaty, prancing back and forth waving his golden locks for the camera, his team brought this freshly pepper-sprayed fellow into the enclosed space of the Sheriffs Office lobby with other citizens present," wrote Hilkey. "They also brought him in injured."
Video from inside the Sheriff's Office shows people near the suspect coughing repeatedly. The video also shows staffers moving trash cans and other items to prop open the doors of the office to apparently clear the air inside.
Staffers initially refused to take the fugitive. They made Chapman's crew get the man decontaminated and treated, then they took him in, Hilkey said.
Hilkey said he loves Chapman for catching the bad guys, but he also said he's dealt with quiet, humble bondsmen and bounty hunters who bring in their skips without incident, without cameras, without a caravan of black SUVs and without drama.
"At least for me, it was an interesting contrast in watching 30-year humble professionals versus genuine profit-driven peacockery," said Hilkey.
"To me, it was one of the best shows we ever shot," Chapman told the local newspaper.
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