JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- News of local bail bondsman Tony Cooks' shooting death has caught the attention of one of the most famous bondsman in history.
"It's very sad," says Dog the Bounty Hunter.
He spoke to Action News over the phone on Wednesday night. Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, is in Hawaii taping new episodes of his reality show. He has some tough questions for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office after an officer shot and killed Cooks. JSO says it was a case of mistaken identity.
Early Tuesday morning, the officers were responding to a call of a possible home invasion. They came in contact with three bail bondsman, wearing masks and holding guns. The officers didn't know they were bondsman and an officer shot two of them. But earlier in the night, the bondsman had called dispatch for backup because they were going after a fugitive. Officers showed up to help, then left.
"I think the dispatch needs to be questioned to see why the second set of officers weren't told that a fugitive apprehension team was out there trying to do their job," says Dog.
According to Director John Hartley with JSO, there was some sort of miscommunication.
"There's a lot of things happening at the same time," said Hartley. "A lot of phone calls being made to our dispatch center all at the same time."
At the time of the shooting, the bondsmen were wearing masks and carrying guns. Dog and his team of bonds agents don't carry lethal weapons.
"I've always been against real weapons but I don't think because he had a real weapon, that's the reason the bondsman is dead," said Dog.
At the end of the day, Dog says being a bondsman is a dangerous job and the death of Tony Cooks is proof.
"I was very saddened by what happened."
Dog's family says they're offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the fugitive the bondsmen were trying to arrest on Tuesday morning. His name is Frederick Walker. He's wanted on some traffic violations.