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Derek E. Crain (mug shot GCSO)

Authorities have charged a Springfield man with second-degree assault for allegedly shooting a man while a bonds person was attempting to arrest the man for bail jumping.

Springfield police public information officer Corporal Matt Brown says Derek E. Crain, 27, was booked into the county jail for shooting John William James Jr. at the Kum & Go on North National early Monday morning. 

Crain is also facing charges of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and engaging in fugitive recovery without a license.
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Kum & Go On N. National (courtesy KSPR)

Brown says that Jackie Rutter, the bonds person, and three other people had tracked James Jr., 29, to the convenience store and were attempting to take him into custody for bail jumping when he was shot.

According to Brown, "she attempted to tase him - but he broke free."  Crain told investigators "his gun just went off," in the scuffle, according to Brown.
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According to the probable cause statement filed late this afternoon, authorities were dispatched to 2953 N. National for a report about a man being stabbed or shot about 2:40 Monday (04-18-11) morning.

When officer Scott Hill arrived on the scene he found Lance Batman and Jackie Rutter holding James Jr., who was covered in blood, down in the middle of National Avenue not far from the store.

"Officer Hill says Rutter identified herself as a bail bond agent and advised James Jr. was jumping bail."   Both Rutter and Batman were placed in handcuffs and arrested.

EMT's attending to James Jr., found he had been shot in the left side of his chest.  The bullet exited near his shoulder, according to court documents.

Crain, and another woman, Clarissa Ferguson were located near a green mini-van on the store's parking lot.  They were both taken to headquarters for questioning.
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Crain told Corporal Kevin Shipley that "he had been assisting Rutter in attempting to apprehend John James Jr., and he was not a bail bond agent, but wanted to become one."
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"Crain stated that he had been with Rutter, Batman and Ferguson in the green van when they drove to the Kum & Go after learning James Jr. was possibly there."  At first Crain told Shipley that he wasn't armed and  had no knowledge of a gun being fired or used in the incident.
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He later changed his story and said Rutter had given him her handgun and he put it in the pocket of his shorts when he entered the store.  Crain says he, Rutter and Batman approached the bathroom in an attempt to take James Jr. into custody.
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Crain told Shipley that Batman attempted to open the unlocked door but James Jr., suddenly opened the door and bolted.  It was at that point that Rutter deployed the taser and Crain pulled the gun out of his pocket, "Crain stated that as they attempted to apprehend James Jr. he was knocked backward and the handgun fired,"  according to court records.
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James then ran from the store and was chased down National Avenue by Rutter, Batman and Crain.  Crain says that after James collapsed in the street he asked Rutter what he should do with the weapon.  Crain says Rutter told him "to give her the gun, or get rid of it."  Crain told Shipley he put the revolver in the van where it was later recovered.
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John William James Jr. (mug shot GCSO)

James, who underwent surgery for his injury yesterday (04-18-11), has a lengthy criminal record that includes convictions for trafficking in stolen identities, theft of credit cards or letters of credit, forgery and tampering with motor vehicles.

A probation violation hearing is scheduled for James on May 10th. He is currently facing a forgery, tampering and resisting arrest charges

Brown says he had no idea what James was booked into the Greene County jail for last Wednesday.  It was the company Rutter works for, Allison Bonding Company, that posted $75,000 bond on two cases for his release last week.

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