DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- The family of a man shot and killed by bondsmen Thursday night in Davidson County said they don't believe he deserved to die.
Charles and Evelyn Holmes, the grandparents of 37-year-old Danny Wayne Holmes, said they don't believe bondsmen needed to fatally injure their grandson.
"I think it's wrong," Evelyn said. "I don't think he deserved it. They killed him. Don't you think that's wrong? I do."
Davidson County Sheriff David Grice said Holmes was killed Thursday night outside of his home near Enterprise Road in Arcadia. Grice explained that Holmes missed a court date for charges including assault with a deadly weapon and nine bondsmen went to find him. Grice said bondsmen told deputies that Holmes fired at them first, so they fired back, killing Holmes.
Jim Evancho, publisher of Bond and Bail magazine, said from the information he has, he believes the bondsmen acted appropriately.
"From the information I've been able to gather, yes, I believe that their actions were justified," Evancho said. "Due to the fact that the suspect opened fire on them first."
Evancho, a longtime bounty hunter and bondsman, said the fact that nine bondsmen went to Holmes' house shows they were thinking about public safety.
"We take public safety in a very high regard," Evancho said. "By sending out nine people, they were trying to contain the situation in case it did get ugly the way it did. Inherently the job is dangerous. Every now and then we have a situation that arises like it did ... where bad people have guns."
Holmes' father, Charlie Holmes, said he is still waiting to hear all of the facts from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office investigation. But, he added that he doesn't feel the bondsmen needed to use fatal force.
"I don't understand what gives them so much freedom," he said. "If they would've given him a chance to surrender, he probably would have."
Sheriff David Grice said his detectives are still gathering information. Once the investigation is complete, they will meet with the District Attorney to discuss whether or not to pursue charges against the bondsmen.