Colorado sheriff not happy with bounty hunter

By the Associated Press | July 21, 2011 | 4:14 PM EDT

As a cameraman tapes the action, bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman, right, leaves the Mesa County Detention Facility with his wife Beth on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 after delivering pepper-sprayed fugitive Andrew Distel to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department in Grand Junction, Colo. Mesa County sheriff's office says Chapman got into a scuffle with a fugitive on Wednesday and used pepper spray while apprehending Andrew Distel. Mesa County court records show Distel had warrants out for his arrest for failure to appear on two felony cases, both involving possession of methamphetamine. Bonds totaled more than $25,000. (AP Photo/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Gretel Daugherty)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado sheriff has a bone to pick with Duane "Dog" Chapman, star of the A&E show "Dog the Bounty Hunter."

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey says Chapman excessively pepper sprayed a fugitive during a scuffle and then took him into the sheriff's office Wednesday without decontaminating the man first.

Hilkey says that put his staffers and the public in danger, while Chapman stayed outside "prancing back and forth waving his golden locks for the camera."

The sheriff says the man was taken outside and cleaned up by medical staff before being admitted to the jail.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports authorities are not investigating the pepper spray incident.

Chapman and his team didn't return an email seeking comment Thursday.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel,