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2 bail bondsmen shot, killed while detaining suspect

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PHOENIX -

Police are on the hunt for the man who shot and killed two bail bondsman as they were detaining a fugitive Monday night.

Both victims were shot from behind, and the one person police do have in custody is not talking.

This is a first in Arizona. A bail bondsman has never been killed in the line of duty. Unfortunately, police don't know much about the shooter.

The bail bondsmen tracked their fugitive down to an apartment near 17th Avenue and Peoria. After a brief scuffle, they had 25-year-old Anthony Brian Giunta in handcuffs. Giunta's bond had been revoked.

They took him out to the street. Then moments later, the two bail bondsmen were shot from behind.

"For what happened they had to have been 100 percent caught off guard," said John Burns, president of the Arizona Bail Bondsmen Association.

John Burns knows the two victims.

"This was execution-style when you shoot someone from behind and you can't even face the person, that is a coward."

One of the victims is 37-year-old David Brickert. The other is 39-year-old Wesley Kampen. Both victims worked for Sanctuary Bail Bonds.

After the shooting, the killer took off and the fugitive who was handcuffed with his hands in front of him grabbed one of the victims' guns and ran off, only to later be caught by police. He isn't talking.

"He provided no information as to who this individual was who fired these round killing these two victims," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos.

The victims were well trained bondsman. One even had a black belt in tae kwon do.

Burns says the entire industry is in shock and he has a warning for the killer.

"You have a nation full of bail bond agents. No matter what state you go to there will be an agent, that if he crosses your path, we will find you. The bail industry will not let this slide," said Burns.

The shooter is described as a white male, 25 to 20, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call Phoenix Police.

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