April 23, 2009 / 12:13 AM / 10 years ago

Colorado man arrested for shooting bounty hunter "Dog"

DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado man was arrested on Wednesday after eyewitnesses claimed he may have fired a gun at reality TV star Duane “Dog” Chapman as the bounty hunter tried to apprehend him, police said.

Duane "Dog" Chapman speaks on a phone in Honolulu, Hawaii January 16, 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Pemoni

Hoang Nguyen, 35, is being held on suspicion of attempted murder for the Tuesday night incident in Colorado Springs, Colo., about 70 miles (113 km.) south of Denver, said police Lt. David Whitlock.

Chapman, star of the A&E network’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” escaped unharmed, Whitlock said.

Whitlock said Chapman, 56, and his partner Bobby Brown were at a Colorado Springs apartment complex trying to apprehend Nguyen for skipping bail on a number of failure-to-appear warrants when they apparently were shot at.

Chapman apprehended Nguyen several blocks away from the incident early Wednesday morning, Whitlock said.

A statement on Chapman’s Web site said, “Nguyen allegedly fired at least one shot at Chapman, and escaped on a red motorcycle.”

But Whitlock said investigators didn’t find evidence at the scene that conclusively proved a shooting occurred. “We didn’t find any weapons, shell casings or bullets in cars or buildings which are commonly found at these types of scenes,” he said.

Still, based on Chapman’s account and several witnesses who said they heard gunshots, Whitlock said police will present the case to prosecutors to determine whether attempted homicide charges should be filed against Nguyen.

The flamboyant Chapman’s TV show chronicles the ex-convict turned bounty hunter as he and his operatives locate fugitives and arrest them while TV cameras roll.

Chapman made headlines in 2003 for apprehending wanted rapist Andrew Luster, an heir to the Max Factor cosmetic fortune, who fled to Mexico. Mexican authorities charged Chapman for violating that country’s laws for the arrest, but later dismissed the charges.

In 2007, A&E suspended production of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” after Chapman was tape recorded making racial slurs about his son’s African-American girlfriend. Chapman publicly apologized for that incident.

Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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