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After Hanes Mall Incident, What Can Bail Bond Agents Actually Do?

Police say when bail bondsmen approached Nathaniel Taylor last night, he speed off -- driving towards one of people trying to catch him.That's when the bail bondsman fire a shot, hitting the car.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Another weekend, another incident near Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem.

This time though -- it wasn't kids fighting, it was a bail bond agent firing a shot at a man they were trying to bring into custody.

Police say when bail bondsmen approached Nathaniel Taylor last night, he speed off -- driving towards one of people trying to catch him.

That's when the bail bondsman fired a shot, hitting the car.

Taylor kept driving away, crashing into two other vehicles in the mall parking lot as he escaped.

All this got us wondering -- what can -- and can't a bail bondsman do? So we asked one.

Roger Blevins is a bail bondsman in Greensboro.

He says they are allowed to use one level of force *above* whatever the fugitive is using.

While they are armed, rarely does it come to that.

As for what happened at Hanes Mall,

"I've been in a similar situation. I got hit by the vehicle as I was trying to get out of the way, but I didn't have a firearm on me. So if they are using a vehicle as a weapon, I would say yes, you are allowed to try and stop it," said Blevins.

To make sure they follow the rules, Bail Bondsmen are regulated by the State Department of Insurance.