Bounty Hunters Become the Prey After Busting Into the Wrong House

Cecil Deere Ronnie Shaw bounty huntersBounty hunters Ronnie Shaw and Cecil Deere came pounding on the door of a Oklahoma woman in her '70s last week. The woman, identified as Mary by Tulsa station KOTV, was preparing to take a bath at her West Tulsa home, and said she "could hear the wood crushing," as the men nearly broke down the door.

She quickly let them know that they had come to the wrong house in their search for a fugitive named "Donnie" -- a mistake that cost the two men more than a missed opportunity, it turns out, as the hunters soon found themselves tracked down by police and under arrest.

Oklahoma does not require the formal licensing of bounty hunters, unlike many other states, and the state's legislature has twice voted down bills to require it. The bondsmen who hired Shaw and Deere told KOTV that, as a result, they had no idea that the bounty hunters themselves had outstanding warrants for their arrest before they went on their mission last week. (Local media reports didn't mention the nature of those charges.)

Here's how Mary described her encounter with one of the bounty hunters to KOTV:

"He said, 'You better open the door. I told you we were bounty hunters ... is this 124?' I said, 'No, it's not 124. My letters are on my mailbox in big white letters. You couldn't have missed it.'

"It was scary."

She says if she had her gun on her, she would have used it to shoot the men. Instead, she called the police. The authorities eventually tracked down Shaw and Deere, and discovered the outstanding warrants. The pair, along with another man working with them, were charged with breaking and entering without permission and are currently in jail.

States have diverse sets of rules and restrictions on bounty hunting. For instance, a recent Washington Post story noted that there are about 150 active licensees in Virginia and, to qualify, bounty hunters must get 40 hours of instruction, along with firearms training, and be recertified every two years. Bounty hunters there also need to operate with permission of local authorities. Felons need not apply.

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There has been many a time when the police have come through a door that was the wrong house. Sometimes it's a clerical mistake and the wrong address was put on the warrant. Other times they've just failed to hit the right address on the warrant. No charges or jail time of course. The homeowner barely gets an, I'm sorry, and usually has to fix their own door.

May 29 2012 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would require maximum prison sentences This could have been your grandma I am tired of hearing about these Bounty Hunters going above the law breaking into the wrong house story once again they may not have informed the local law but in any case the law would have been with the Bounty Hunters in this case or any other case as should be required by law to prevent these wrong houses in the first places.....

May 26 2012 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The one dude is uglier than Dog the bounty hunter !

May 24 2012 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who does that kind of work anyway..

May 23 2012 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

First off outstanding warrants do not imply guilt. It could have been something is trivial as outstanding parking tickets for all we know. This article needs to address the nature of those warrants to put this story in context. They, as far as the story goes, didn't enter the building so why the charge of breaking and entering? So far trespassing is the only thing I see as viable. We don't know if they did or didn't contact the local authorities, etc. Piss poor, one-sided reporting. With "more then a decade of experience" I'd expect a better article.

May 23 2012 at 11:50 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Idgarad's comment

I guess you didn't see the part where she said she could hear the wood crunching in the door as they were beating it down. That is considered breaking and entering.

May 23 2012 at 1:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

you let some one hit my door like that and see dont they get shot you sound crazy as hell.

May 26 2012 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The sad thing is had the police made the same mistake she would have been gunned down by the cops or charged murder is she had successfully defended herself.

May 23 2012 at 9:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to clarkco.criminalcops's comment

Oh Boo Ho! Not every Police Officer is a criminal. The only reason Pin Heads like you usually dislike or have a problem with Police, is because more than likely you are a Happily Unemployed, Dead Head, Occupier that wants to smoke Kush all day; thinks you're going to Change the World to conform to your Imaginary Planet and probably have some kind of criminal record.

May 23 2012 at 12:09 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to coastlinescookie's comment

Very well stated.

May 23 2012 at 9:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down

You did read/watch this story, didn't you? These guys are NOT police officers. They are NOT licensed or qualified by any legal agency. They are exactly what they look like, and I certainly would not open my door to them, either.

May 24 2012 at 9:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
chris b

Too bad she didn't have her gun and get rid of these so called bounty hunters.

May 23 2012 at 8:39 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Wally Hyatt Namer

Dumb and Dumber!

May 23 2012 at 7:52 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It is disturbing how many people have posted comments that dropping these two in their tracks is an outrage and would rather you be a good victim first. That's the ticket be a good victim, let who ever, do what ever, where ever, and then when they are done if you are not blind, dead, or somewhere in between call the police to file your complaint.

May 22 2012 at 10:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Robert Santa Maria

I find it disturbing that you are all arguing over whether you should shoot an intruder instead of showing outrage over these three idiots not being required to have a bounty hunters license. What has to happen, Oklahoma? Do you want elderly, disabled or sick people hurt or killed before you do the right thing and require licenses for such a dangerous (to the public and to the hunter himself) job? We require our Police Officers to go through training so as to size up situations and precede within the law and with caution. They make mistakes too, but not to this degree. Oh, but in Oklahoma they're all about the "wild west" where anything goes. Well ask poor Mary how she feels about that. As for shooting an intruder, well remember that Florida is right now regretting it's hasty passing of such a law. Whatever side of the T. Martin case you are on, you can agree this is going to get much worse before it gets better. Here is an example of the other side of the coin.

May 22 2012 at 4:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Robert Santa Maria's comment
Dawn Lowrey

I find this story the least. Having lived in Oklahoma and been employed as a security guard (rent-a-cop) between jobs in the past...I was required to be licensed by the state/city before the company would put me out on a site. The reason for this was people like these two with a "Dirty Harry" complex.

As for the terrified lady...too bad she didn't have her gun and open up on these guys!

May 30 2012 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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