A fugitive recovery agent is defending how he and another man apprehended a suspect at a Lebanon liquor store over the weekend despite criticism from the police chief.
Lead agent Jeff Adkins spoke with News 2 who said safety is always a top priority for him and that he has assisted in over 2,000 arrests all across the United States.
"There are some people out there that don't need to be doing this, but I try to keep everything professional. I try to keep everything on the up and up," he said.
According to Adkins, the quick, aggressive tactic used in Saturday's arrest was because he and his fellow bounty hunter, a rookie, were unsure if the fugitive was armed.
"We didn't know if he had a pocket knife on him. We didn't know if he had a gun on him. We didn't know what he was going to do or what he was capable of," he explained to News 2.
Adkins added he regrets that he did not know what his rookie partner was capable of and admitted it was his first take down and was handling a Taser gun without the cartridge in a loose manner.
"If it had a cartridge in it and he slipped on the trigger he could have shot me in the back with it," Adkins said. "If you're assisting someone in a capture, yes, I would use that [video] as what not to do."
Adkins said despite the criticism in the most recent arrest, he does not want the incident to create friction with law enforcement.
"There's a time and a place when we are going to coincide and work together. Sometimes they may need me, sometimes I might need them," he said.
Adkins has worked as a fugitive recovery agent since 2001.
He and the other agent involved in the arrest have both been interviewed by detectives. The investigation is ongoing.