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This Could Have Been Very Ugly


In the building trades, especially carpentry, the saying is “Measure twice, cut once.” You really don’t want to make an expensive mistake and have to redo the work.

When a medical professional is giving a medication they  are supposed to follow the “Six Rights of Medication Administration.”

When a person is shooting, they are supposed to be sure of their target and what is behind it.

When a bail recovery agent goes to apprehend a wanted person, they are supposed to be sure that they are getting the right person. At least you’d think so.

Bounty hunters mistakenly target Phoenix police chief’s house

It was a case of mistaken identity worthy of reality television. And it could have had deadly consequences.

Eleven bounty hunters looking for a fugitive Tuesday night mistakenly targeted the home of Phoenix police Chief Joseph Yahner while following a tip they received via social media, police said.

Two fugitive-recovery companies working in tandem kept watch for two hours before swarming the darkened house at about 10 p.m. NorthStar Fugitive Recovery owner Brent Farley, 43, is facing charges of criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

The event, which a NorthStar employee said has been “all blown out of proportion,” was captured on a cellphone camera.

I wonder what the phone call was like when the Chief called dispatch and told them that there were armed men outside his house? We don’t have to guess what the police response was.

Phoenix bounty hunter denies pointing gun at police chief in blitz

The bounty hunter arrested after an errant blitz at the home of Phoenix police Chief Joseph Yahner denies pointing a gun at the chief and says he doesn’t believe he will get a fair shake because the police will stick together.

In a jailhouse interview with The Arizona Republic on Thursday, Brent Farley, owner of Mesa-based NorthStar Fugitive Recovery, also said there were seven bounty hunters, plus his wife and daughter, and not 11, as police reported.

Since Farley’s people took video, we should have a good idea of what actually happened. Good idea taking video. Except, of course, if the video shows you did something wrong. I expect that this will come out along the way.

Farley also disputed police reports that the tip had come via social media, saying that it came from an Oklahoma phone number.

“There’s not a standard protocol, there’s just common sense when the tip comes in to act on it,” Farley said. “The tip specifically said he was only going to be at that house for the next couple of hours.”

Too good to waste time verifying the information I guess. So now, you sit in jail because you can’t come up with bail money. Interesting that a guy who works closely with bail bondsmen can’t get bail.

Farley disputed these details and said, “When the chief opened the door, he was aggressive. I backed off. The last thing I want is any type of confrontation with somebody that is not the person that is being looked for.”

Middle of the night, some bearded fat f*** knocks on my door and his holding a gun? I’d be aggressive too, as in the door would open and I’d be aiming my trusty Ithaca 37 at you. I’d be willing to wager that if Farley didn’t realize that he was dealing with a police officer, he wouldn’t have backed off at all.

Farley tried to explain his side of the story in an interview from inside the county jail. I’m not sure it helped and his best course of action would be to shut up and let his lawyer speak.


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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.