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Questions about bond for suspect accused of injuring officer

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Tampa police are concerned about a man who recently bonded out of jail.

Police say Jaime Parchmon injured one of their officers and tried to get away after they pulled him over Wednesday.

Officer Steven Hartnett suffered injuries to his back and legs. Parchmon was shot in the shoulder and taken to the hospital.

Barely a day later, he was free on bond -- which was set at $30,000.

Police aren't very happy about that amount. He not only injured one of their officers, Chief Jane Castor says he has a long criminal history:

"He's no stranger to the Tampa Police Department or law enforcement. He has an extensive criminal history. He just got out of prison in 2012 for grand theft. He's got a history of battery on law enforcement, several narcotics arrests and carjacking," Castor said.

So why is he free on bond?

The initial bond for a person who has been arrested is typically set at the jail by the officer, who refers to a schedule of pre-set, suggested bond amounts.

Parchmon bonded out of jail before having to make a first appearance before a judge.

"I would be surprised if he ever shows up again," Jeff Brown said. "Federal court, this person would never be out. Here, if a person bonds out before they go in front of a judge, this is what happens."

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