170 Held on $1 Million Bond After Biker Gang Shootout Kills 9

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UPDATE: (NBC 5 NEWS) Approximately 170 outlaw motorcycle gang members are being charged with engaging in organized crime related to capital murder stemming from a deadly shootout that left nine dead and 18 injured in Waco Sunday. All of those arrested are being held on $1 million bond each.

McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. Peterson set the bond Monday for each suspect and described the amount as “appropriate” given the level of violence that occurred a day earlier at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Peterson also performed inquests on the nine dead bikers but declined to identify them pending notification of family. Peterson said all nine were from Texas.

During a news conference late Monday morning, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said the department had assigned 18 officers, including an assistant chief, sergeants, a tactical officer and a rookie officer, as well as four state troopers, to watch for trouble at the restaurant after recent arrests for warrants and fights among biker gangs. Swanton credits those officers with saving an untold number of lives as the shooting erupted Sunday.

“Those officers reactions and their action to a very hostile, deadly situation, saved our citizens lives yesterday afternoon. We knew there were issues here at the Twin Peaks based on intel we received about biker gangs being here. We’ve been here over the past two months because of the problems we’ve had with biker gangs at Twin Peaks,” Swanton said.

Texas authorities are on alert for retaliatory attacks from biker gangs after a wild brawl in Waco that left nine dead, 18 injured and dozens arrested.

“There was a green light put out on law enforcement, is our understanding from last night,” Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said Monday, a day after the melee. “We are aware of that threat.”

The U.S. Border Patrol office in Del Rio, Texas, issued a bulletin saying its intelligence center had received information that gang members had “issued orders to shoot and kill uniformed law enforcement officers,” CBS Dallas reported.

The Texas Joint Crime Information Center issued a separate bulletin saying members of Bandidos and Cossacks, two of the gangs involved in the bedlam, “reportedly have been instructed to arm themselves with weapons and travel to north Texas,” according to CBS Dallas and the New York Times.

But that advisory did not warn of direct attacks on police. “(Gang) members may ignore all law enforcement presence on the route, and thus may not stop if engaged,” it said.

The Bandidos and the Cossacks were two of five biker gangs whose members involved in the shootout outside a Twin Peaks sports bar Sunday afternoon. Police officers, warned to the possibility of violence, were at the scene, and opened fire as well.

More than 170 gang members were taken into custody on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity.

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