For Immediate Release: April 9, 2018

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey's statement on the arrest of a bail bond agent involved in Winston-Salem shopping mall parking lot shooting

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today issued a statement regarding the arrest of a bail bond agent involved in a shooting in the parking lot of Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem last month:

"First, I’d like to thank the Winston-Salem Police Department and the Forsyth County District Attorney’s office for their timely and thorough investigation.

"Next, I’d like to thank our Bail Bond Regulatory Division in the Department of Insurance for their cooperation and assistance with these offices.

"I will not condone, nor will I tolerate any actions by bail agents that put the public in danger, particularly in such a public place as a large shopping mall parking lot. Our Bail Bond Regulatory Division is completing its review, and I’ll let you know when that’s done."

Background: On March 17, bail bond agents were trying to take Nathaniel Artillery Taylor into custody in the Hanes Mall parking lot. Mr. Taylor fled in a car and one of the agents fired shots into his car, which eventually struck two other vehicles. Winston-Salem police filed charges against Mr. Taylor, including careless and reckless driving, and two counts of hit and run. A bail bond agent, Thermon Desmond Sellers, 31, 5226 Elderbank Drive, Charlotte, has also been charged in the incident. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict bodily injury, discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

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