Suspect in custody after allegedly shooting at bounty hunters

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OKLAHOMA CITY - It was a scary Tuesday morning for residents in a southwest Oklahoma City neighborhood.

Dewayne Stewart says there are a lot of children in his neighborhood and many of them awoke to chaos.

"They had to have been scared, especially if it's little kids and they heard gunshots," Stewart said.

It was around 6:30 a.m. on Monday when three bail bondsmen were serving warrants to 33-year-old Anthony Bruce for robbery and drug charges.

A standoff ensued after police said the suspect fired at the bounty hunters from inside his home.

Pierce Elementary School was put on lock-down for several hours as police closed off a few blocks and evacuated residents from their homes.

Fortunately, no one was injured, but officers are investigating the legitimacy of the bail bondsmen.

"There are rules and regulations they have to follow, like notifying local law enforcement. We had no notification of this incident," said Capt. Dexter Nelson, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

"If they are going to serve warrants or anything like that they ought to do it during the daytime so they don't surprise people that are in the neighborhood," said Stewart.

While some neighbors are on edge, Sue Hay, who has lived in the area since 1955, says this type of crime is uncommon.

"I think this is just an incident that's few and far between. We don't really have incidents like this," said Hay.

Class at Pierce Elementary was canceled for the day but will resume Wednesday morning.

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