A CIA contractor freed by Pakistani authorities after the families of two men he killed in a shootout agreed to accept more than $2.34 million in blood money has been arrested after a brawl over a car parking space, according to police in Colorado.
By Rob Crilly in Islamabad and Nick Allen in Los Angeles
10:30PM BST 02 Oct 2011
The arrest of Raymond Davis, 36, in Pakistan earlier this year sparked a diplomatic wrangle and took relations between Islamabad and Washington to fresh depths, from which they have not yet recovered.
Police said they had been called to an altercation between two men outside a branch of Einstein Bros Bagels in Highlands Ranch, south of Denver, on Saturday.
Davis was taken into custody on charges of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. He was released after posting $1,750 bail.
The victim, Jeffrey Maes, 50, said Davis had pulled up behind his car and started shouting at him, before allegedly punching him to ground.
“I thought to myself, he’s a pretty tough guy. I guess I’m somewhat grateful there’s five men that broke it up,” he told a local TV news channel.
In January, Davis, who runs a private security company and used to work for Blackwater, shot dead two men in Lahore. He claimed he was acting in self-defence and that his attackers pulled guns.
A third man was killed when he was knocked off his motorbike by a US 4×4 which raced to Davis’s rescue.
He was eventually granted diplomatic immunity when the families of his victims were paid.
Mr Maes’ wife Jacqueline said she was shocked to learn of Davis’s special forces background.
“Strength under control I think is a good, uh, motto to have here. I think all people should bear that in mind. Even if they’re strong, they should have it under control,” she said.