BRISTOL — A man searching a trailer park for a fugitive was shot to death early this morning amid a struggle with a park resident, and charges had not yet been placed.
Police in a news release Joseph Scott Horne, 32, Bristol, was was in the trailer park at 112 Madeline Drive looking for a fugitive for a local bonding company when he was shot shortly after midnight. Witnesses told police the shooting followed a struggle between Horne and a park resident, who was not the fugitive Horne was seeking.
Horne appeared to have suffered a single gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. The resident, who was not identified, suffered several lacerations to his head along with what was believed to be a grazing bullet wound under his right eye. He was treated at Bristol Regional Medical Center and released.
Sgt. Jason McCready said police were not yet sure what prompted the struggle or whether Horne had approached the park resident's home during the search.
"That's one of the questions they (investigators) are trying to get answered in determining exactly what happened," McCready said.
McCready said he did not know whether Horne was employed by the bonding company on the payroll or a contracted bounty agent.
Investigators continued to work on the case, police said, and a determination regarding criminal charges would be made at a later date in consultation with the District Attorney’s Office.