A handgun with its hammer pulled back.
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It sounded like something from a second-rate made-for-TV movie, but this shooting death was real as two bail bondsmen — or possible bounty hunters — killed a wanted man they were following.

The fugitive was shot to death by the two bail bondsmen in the Santa Ana river bed in Riverside, authorities said Monday.

The shooting was reported at 5:09 p.m. Sunday east of Van Buren Boulevard, police said.

The preliminary investigation determined the bail bondsmen were conducting surveillance on a wanted man and became involved in a physical altercation with him, police said.

The man was shot in the head and died at a hospital.

Police did not immediately say why the man was wanted and why the agents used deadly force.

The man’s name was not released pending family notification.

While authorities said the men who shot the wanted man were “bail bondsmen,” bail bondsmen more often offer a reward to “bounty hunters” to capture fugitives and protect the bail amount that “bondsmen” have put up, according to the website BountyHunterEdu.org.

— Staff and wire reports

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