Search underway for man accused of shooting bounty hunter

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Police are searching for a man accused of shooting a bounty hunter who was trying to serve a warrant in Chula Vista Monday night.

Police are searching for 36-year-old Christopher Marquez. Photo: Chula Vista Police

Bail bondsmen sent agents to locate Christopher Temple Marquez, 36 of San Diego, and collect his bail debt, according to Chula Vista police. At around 7 p.m. on East J Street, one of the agents was shot.

Fugitive Warrants agent Jesse Nunez said the suspect was getting out of his car when he shot one of the agents several times. Marquez was last seen headed back toward the home but it was unclear if he’d left the area.

Police say Marquez was armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle. The Chula Vista Police Department notified its SWAT team while officers got those inside the house out. SWAT officers entered the home at approximately 7 a.m. and were unable to find Marquez.

Officers believe Marquez fled the area on foot. He is considered armed and dangerous and police are asking anyone who sees him to call 911 immediately.

The victim was taken to Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center to be treated for gunshot wounds that were not believed to be life-threatening.

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