Suspect in Waco shoot-out revealed to be retired detective as it emerges bikers are likely to escape death penalty charges because county can’t afford to prosecute them

A tow truck driver prepares to leave with motorcycles from the Twin Peaks restaurant.

A suspect in the deadly shootout featuring two biker gangs in Waco over the weekend is a retired San Antonio Police Department detective.

Martin Lewis served 32 years before he retired in February 2004, said the department in a statement released Tuesday night. No further information was made available.

Lewis is one of 170 people booked on charges connected to the shoot-out in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco during which nine people were killed and 18 injured.

Bond was set at $1 million each for the suspects – believed to be from as many as five different biker gangs – who have all been charged with engaging in organized crime.

The scale of the incident is likely to overwhelm McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna and his team of about a dozen felony prosecutors, predict legal experts…

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  • Xavier

    So they’re called ‘waitresses’ now, eh?

    • Frau Katze

      They look rather scantically clad.

      • andycanuck

        Yeah. It’s a competitor of Hooters.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    End state of socialism is not being able to afford to enforce the real laws and resorting to nickel and diming the ones who can pay the fines.

  • dagawker

    They still have to figure out how many suspects the police killed?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The scene looks like a microcosm of Syria.

    The bill for imprisoning all 170 bikers could also break the treasury.

    • Frau Katze

      Why did it get so bad so suddenly? That many killed? You don’t hear of such things on a regular basis.

      It has since grown to build factions across the world, as far as Germany, Norway and Australia. Its Norwegian branch was one half of the Great Nordic Biker War between 1994 and 1997, warring with Hell’s Angels. At its climax, a missile was fired at a prison holding a Bandidos member.

      In the U.S., members have been convicted of smuggling drugs across the Mexican border – an area they are said to specialize in. According to the FBI, Bandidos are major players in the marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine markets.

      ‘The Bandidos see the Hell’s Angels as too nice,’ journalist Julian Sher, who has written two books about biker gangs, told NBC News. ‘They relish their brutal pedigree. Among the bad guys, they are the baddest of the bad.’

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  • dukestreet

    transfer some of them to other venues. It’s not like they live there anyway.